Other (indicate in message) Submitted: January 22, 2024 | Updated: February 22, 2024

(January 2024) Request for Polk County, NC Government: All current employees and salaries. As of the present day.

Good afternoon Tommy, Sandra, Marche (or Records Officer / Custodian(s) of these Records),

Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to "inspect", nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

Please provide a list of all current Polk County, NC employees and their salaries. As of the present day [on the date the query is performed]. Please include the following:

1) Employee first / last name
2) Hire Date
3) Position / Title / Department
4) Salary [including hourly wage / yearly salary]

Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel or other machine-readable format. If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
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Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Thank you for your assistance!

** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • February 22, 2024 11:43 am

    1 day ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Tommy Oakman <[email protected]>
    cc: Marche Pittman <[email protected]>, Sandra Hughes <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 22, 2024, 11:43 AM
    subject: Re: Public Information Request

     

    Hi Tommy (Sandra and Marche CCed),

     

    Thanks for your reply.

     

    Please see screenshots attached. You can see that I definitely have contacted you, Sandra, and Marche in every one of my emails about this request (starting on January 22 when it was submitted). The only additional person contacted has been [email protected] , who I added to the thread last night.

     

    If my email address [email protected] is going into any of your spam folders, then please correct this for the future.

     

    Additionally — you can see all communications about this request to this point, posted on our website:
    (January 2024) Request for Polk County, NC Government: All current employees and salaries. As of the present day.

     

    I have reviewed the file you just sent me, and I will now mark the request as “Completed” on our website.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 3 screenshots referenced (“02/22/24, 3 Screenshots .zip“) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Completed
  • February 22, 2024 10:44 am

    1 day ago

    from: Tommy Oakman <[email protected]>
    to:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 22, 2024, 10:44 AM
    subject: Public Information Request

     

    Please see the following attachment in the matters of your request for public information.

     

    Please be mindful, no one at this county administration received a Sunshine Request email request from you; until yesterday – 02/21/2024. Requests your email referenced being sent in January 2024 are not on email record with any of the recipients you named. In the future for prompt service, please ensure you have and use the correct email addresses.

    Thank you,

     

    Tommy Oakman

    Human Resources Officer

    Polk County Government

    40 Courthouse St.

    Columbus, NC 28722

    828.894.3301 x224

    [email protected]

     

    Polk County Government is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

     

    Disclaimer: The content of this message and all attachments are subject to NC Public Record Law. According to the law, all information may be considered public record and subject to disclosure upon request to third parties without prior notification; if you are not the intended recipient of this message, contact the sender immediately and delete the message from your files. I appreciate your cooperation.

     

    Disclaimer: The content of this message and all attachments are subject to NC Public Record Law. According to the law all information may be considered public record and subject to disclosure upon request to third parties without prior notification. If you are not the intended recipient of this message contact the sender immediately and delete the message from your files. Thank you for your cooperation.

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 1 file referenced (“Employee and Salary Request – 22Feb24.pdf”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 21, 2024 6:23 pm

    2 days ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Sandra Hughes <[email protected]>, Marche Pittman <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    date: Feb 21, 2024, 6:23 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (January 2024) Request for Polk County, NC Government: All current employees and salaries. As of the present day.

     

    Good evening Tommy, Sandra, Marche, and Kristy,

     

    I submitted the following public records request to the County on January 22 at 1:52pm:

     

    SUBJECT:

    Public records request. (January 2024) Request for Polk County, NC Government: All current employees and salaries. As of the present day.

     

    I have not received any response since I submitted the request. Nor have I received a reply to my follow up email above on February 12.

     

    Under NC Public Records Law, Polk County is required to “promptly” process all public records requests. Essentially, this means that if you are intentionally delaying the fulfillment of a request by allowing it to “sit” until staff has availability to address it, or feels like answering my emails, then this could be considered a denial of a request. With this in mind, I want to highlight the court case referenced in item #6 of the following article, posted on the NC Press Association website. In this instance:  “The trial court held that an unjustified one-month delay in production of records was tantamount to a denial”. http://www.ncpress.com/stories/a-bakers-dozen-for-2022nc-public-records-law,2390

     

    Please confirm receipt of my request, and please provide an anticipated date for its completion.

     

    I will follow up again in 1 week. At that point, if I still haven’t heard back, then I will mark this request as having been “Denied” by your organization.

     

    Thank you!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • February 12, 2024 4:32 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Sandra Hughes <[email protected]>, Marche Pittman <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 12, 2024, 4:32 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (January 2024) Request for Polk County, NC Government: All current employees and salaries. As of the present day.

     

    Hi Tommy, Sandra, and Marche (or Records Officer),

     

    I submitted the following public records request to your offices on January 22:

     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Sandra Hughes <[email protected]>, Marche Pittman <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 22, 2024, 1:52 PM
    subject: Public records request. (January 2024) Request for Polk County, NC Government: All current employees and salaries. As of the present day.

     

    I have not received any response since I submitted the request.

     

    Please confirm receipt of the request to let me know it has begun processing — and please provide an anticipated date for its completion.

     

    I’ll follow up again in 1 week, if I do not hear anything else before then.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • January 22, 2024 1:52 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Sandra Hughes <[email protected]>, Marche Pittman <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 22, 2024, 1:52 PM
    subject: Public records request. (January 2024) Request for Polk County, NC Government: All current employees and salaries. As of the present day.

     

    Good afternoon Tommy, Sandra, Marche (or Records Officer / Custodian(s) of these Records),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to “inspect”, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    Please provide a list of all current Polk County, NC employees and their salaries. As of the present day [on the date the query is performed]. Please include the following:

     

    1) Employee first / last name
    2) Hire Date
    3) Position / Title / Department
    4) Salary [including hourly wage / yearly salary]

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel or other machine-readable format. If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
    ————————————

     

    Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my
    request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • January 22, 2024 1:50 pm

    1 month ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending