Other (indicate in message) Submitted: March 28, 2024 | Updated: April 18, 2024

(March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

Good evening Dale, Cynthia, Mary F, Mary M, and Randall, (or 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 already exists). 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 the names and salaries of all current Catawba County, NC employees / staff as of the present day [on the date the query is performed]. Please include the following:

1) Employee first / last name
2) Date of hire
3) Position / title / department
4) Salary [including hourly wage, hourly rate, or salary -- whichever payment structure is applicable to the employee]
5) Any bonuses or stipends.

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 clear explanations of 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:

  • April 18, 2024 3:19 pm

    5 days ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Cynthia Eades <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 18, 2024, 3:19 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

     

    Hi Cynthia,

     

    Thanks again for sending the additional spreadsheets on 04/12.

     

    I reviewed all the files I’ve received to this point, and this afternoon I will mark this request as “Completed” on our website.

     

    Thank you very much for your prompt assistance with my request!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • April 15, 2024 3:48 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Cynthia Eades <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 15, 2024, 3:48 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

     

    Hi Cynthia,

     

    Thank you for your message on 04/12. Thanks for sending those documents!

     

    I will further review those attachments, and I will upload them to our website at some point later today or early tomorrow. My Team and I will likely have a follow up question or two, so I’ll be in touch with you about that this week.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • April 12, 2024 2:05 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Cynthia Eades <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 12, 2024, 2:05 PM
    subject: RE: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

     

    I’ve attached 2 reports that should provide the more detailed information. One is for employees who have benefits and the other is for hourly employees who receive no benefits.

    The information reflects the time frame from 4/14/2023 through 3/28/2024.

     

    Cynthia Eades|Catawba County Human Resources Director

    PO Box 389|25 Government Drive

    Newton, NC 28658

    828.465.8253

     

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    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 2 files referenced (“republicrecordsrequest_march2024requestforcatawba.zip”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • April 9, 2024 11:55 am

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Cynthia Eades <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 9, 2024, 11:55 AM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

     

    Hi Cynthia,

     

    Thanks again for sending the salaries spreadsheet.

     

    I reviewed your last message from 04/03 @ 9:07AM. Can you please confirm whether the “Salary” column on the spreadsheet includes any bonuses paid to the employee in that total? The public has a right to know salary — meaning the total compensation including bonuses, stipends, and incentive benefits.

     

    Chapter 7, Page 161 of Dr. David Lawrence’s book Public Records Law for North Carolina Local Governments says the following about Salary Information – The Meaning of “Salary”. In part, he says that “… For an hourly employee, the public information is clearly the total amount paid, not the rate of pay, and as the quoted language states, it also includes bonuses or incentives, benefits, and all deferred compensation. It probably also includes compensatory time owed to an employee.”

     

    I’m also familiar with § 153A-98. Privacy of employee personnel records, under which item (b)(7) lists County employees’ current salaries as part of the public record. And, under Section (b1) it is specified that “… the term ‘salary’ includes pay, benefits, incentives, bonuses, and deferred and all other forms of compensation paid by the employing entity”.

     

    I interpret the statute to indicate that the bonuses and stipends I requested would be covered by the term “salary”, because it’s another type of compensation paid.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • April 3, 2024 2:51 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Cynthia Eades <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 3, 2024, 2:51 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

     

    Hi Cynthia,

     

    Thank you for providing this document.

     

    I will need to review your message with our Team, and will get back to you as soon as possible. That will likely be on Monday.

     

    Thank you for your help. Have a great afternoon!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • April 3, 2024 9:07 am

    2 weeks ago

    from: Cynthia Eades <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 3, 2024, 9:07 AM
    subject: RE: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

     

    Attached is the requested information. Please note, Catawba County does not have an electronic record containing a compilation of bonuses paid to employees. However, all benefitted active employees were eligible to receive a $1000 bonus on December 8, 2023 and will be eligible to receive the same on June 7, 2024.

     

    Cynthia Eades|Catawba County Human Resources Director

    PO Box 389|25 Government Drive

    Newton, NC 28658

    828.465.8253

     

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    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 1 file referenced (“Sunshine-request.April-2024.pdf”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • March 28, 2024 6:40 pm

    3 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Dale Stiles <[email protected]>
    cc: Cynthia Eades <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Mar 28, 2024, 6:40 PM
    subject: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Catawba County, NC Government: List of all current employees, salaries, bonuses and stipends. As of the present day.

     

    Good evening Dale, Cynthia, Mary F, Mary M, and Randall, (or 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 already exists). 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 the names and salaries of all current Catawba County, NC employees / staff as of the present day [on the date the query is performed]. Please include the following:

     

    1) Employee first / last name
    2) Date of hire
    3) Position / title / department
    4) Salary [including hourly wage, hourly rate, or salary — whichever payment structure is applicable to the employee]
    5) Any bonuses or stipends.

     

    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 clear explanations of 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
  • March 28, 2024 6:37 pm

    3 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending