City of Asheville Submitted: November 3, 2020 | Updated: March 23, 2021

(November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

Hi City of Asheville, NC Government,

I'd like to make a public records request for the following information:

Please provide all Emails and Text messages to and from City Council members Deborah Campbell, David Zack, and any APD Command staff [unspecified] during the specific time period 10/17/20 - 11/01/20 concerning the following:

1. Any reduction in public services by APD from 10/17/20 - 11/01/20 due to a reduction in staffing.

2. Disenfranchisement of police officers as a method of defunding the police force. Specifically, any discussion about not replacing officers who are leaving the department.

3. A list of officers who have resigned, as well as their stated reason for exiting the City. [Editor's Note: Based on the request's introduction, we're going to interpret on the sender's behalf that #3 should actually say, "Any discussions related to officers who have resigned from 10/17/20, as well as their stated reason for exiting the City."]

Thank you for your assistance!

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.

Editor’s Note 11/03/20: The above submission has been revised. As originally written, the request goes against our Policies, and was not an actionable request for public records that Sunshine Request will fulfill.

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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • March 23, 2021 2:13 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 23, 2021, 2:13 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for clarifying! This request has been marked as completed on our site.

     

    Have a good day.


    Status: Completed
  • March 23, 2021 3:10 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 9, 2021, 3:10 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Hi Sunshine Request,
    My apologies – I forgot to remove the sentence about a link. The four officers (Ian Bradly, Kayla Simpson, William Marshall, and Heather Hine-Wooten) are listed in the sentence that followed. There are no records associated with this information. Sorry again and let me know if you have any questions.
    Best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • March 9, 2021 2:11 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 9, 2021, 2:11 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for sending this over! It looks like the link for the list of APD officers that have resigned since October 17, 2020 didn’t make it into your email though. Could you please resend and then I can mark this request as completed?

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • March 3, 2021 4:01 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 3, 2021, 4:01 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,
    I have completed this search and found no emails on those three topics between October 17 and November 1, 2020. A list of APD officers that have resigned since October 17, 2020 can be found here.

     

    Sworn officers that resigned between 10/17/20 and 11/1/20 are as follows: Ian Bradly, Kayla Simpson, William Marshall, and Heather Hine-Wooten. Pursuant to G.S.§ 160A-168 an employee’s stated reason for leaving is confidential. Since January 1, 2020 the Asheville Police Department has had 70 sworn police officers turn in resignations.

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Besst,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 23, 2021 4:47 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 23, 2021, 4:47 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    I’m checking in on this request to see if there was any update to report? I’ll plan on following up again in early March if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • January 19, 2021 4:26 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]llenc.gov>
    date: Jan 19, 2021, 4:26 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for the update earlier this month. I will plan on following up again on this request in February if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • January 8, 2021 10:36 am

    3 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 8, 2021, 10:36 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good morning Sunshine Request,
    This request is number 15 in the queue. I will forward any responsive records when the request has been processed.
    Best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • January 7, 2021 4:04 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 7, 2021, 4:04 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    We’re checking in on this request to see if there’s any update to report? We will check in again at the end of the month if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • December 18, 2020 10:24 am

    3 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 18, 2020, 10:24 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good morning Sunshine Request,
    This request is now number 16 in the queue and the texts are in the process of being collected.
    Have a great weekend!

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • December 17, 2020 4:00 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 17, 2020, 4:00 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    We’re checking back in on this request to see if there is any update to report? We’ll follow up again in January if we don’t hear back before then.

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • December 2, 2020 3:17 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 2, 2020, 3:17 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,
    This request remains in position 21. Our IT department is experiencing server issues that are preventing me from completing email searches but they anticipate having the issue fixed this week or next. At that time I will go to the building and work on these requests, as I am unable to do them from home due to network security protocols. Thank you for your patience.
    Best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • December 2, 2020 3:13 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 2, 2020, 3:13 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Checking in on this request. We’re aware that you said this request will “not be reached for a significant amount of time” and we wanted to let you know we will not be following up again on this request until mid-January.

     

    We appreciate your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • November 10, 2020 12:41 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 10, 2020, 12:41 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,
    I have received your public records request for emails regard APD resignations. Email requests are processed in the order within which they are received. Your request is number 21 in the email queue and will not be reached for a significant period of time. Once the emails are pulled and reviewed for confidential information, I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.
    All best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • November 9, 2020 4:27 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>,
    Public Records Request Inbox <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 9, 2020, 4:27 PM
    subject: Records Request: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Hi Asheville City Government (and Liz),

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. In any case, we’ll follow up again in about a week if we have not heard back.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (November 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC employee Emails and Text Messages 10/17/20 – 11/01/20

     

    Message: “Hi City of Asheville, NC Government,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    Please provide all Emails and Text messages to and from City Council members Deborah Campbell, David Zack, and any APD Command staff [unspecified] during the specific time period 10/17/20 – 11/01/20 concerning the following:

     

    1. Any reduction in public services by APD from 10/17/20 – 11/01/20 due to a reduction in staffing.

     

    2. Disenfranchisement of police officers as a method of defunding the police force. Specifically, any discussion about not replacing officers who are leaving the department.

     

    3. A list of officers who have resigned, as well as their stated reason for exiting the City. [Editor’s Note: Based on the request’s introduction, we’re going to interpret on the sender’s behalf that #3 should actually say, “Any discussions related to officers who have resigned from 10/17/20, as well as their stated reason for exiting the City.”]

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** 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.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • November 3, 2020 2:11 pm

    5 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending