City of Asheville Submitted: October 4, 2022 | Updated: January 6, 2023

(October 2022) Request for City of Asheville, NC: Emails regarding homicides and suicides within the City 01/01/2022 – 09/29/2022

Hello City of Asheville, NC Government (Records Officer),

I'd like to make a public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law.
Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

Please provide all internal and external email correspondence made by The Mayor of Asheville, Asheville City Council Members, The Asheville City Manager, The Asheville City Assistant Manager, and The Asheville City Police Chief, regarding murders, homicides, and suicides between the dates of 01/01/2022 and 09/28/2022.

Please redact or exclude any personal info about specific crimes or victims (i.e. names, addresses, case numbers, or other personally identifying information). Sunshine Request will not publish this information.

I am not requesting to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain printed copies of, electronic records. In accordance with NC Public Records Law, I’m requesting explicitly that all responsive records be provided via an electronic medium / format (in which the records should already exist), such as an email, file share, google drive folder, mailed flash drive if necessary, etc.

[**I do not have any additional or further clarifying information to provide. 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.** ]
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Editor’s Note: This request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from our Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of our request – We intend to continue to pursue our request.

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Thank you for your assistance!

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Editor’s Note 10/04/22: The submission above has been revised.

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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • January 6, 2023 8:52 am

    3 weeks ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Jan 6, 2023, 8:52 AM
    subject: Your City of Asheville public records request #22-485 has been closed.

     

    The records responsive to your request are available here.

     

    All records responsive to your request have been released in accordance with the North Carolina Public Records Act. Your request has been fulfilled and is now closed. Please reply to this message or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file “22-485-20230109T190729Z-001.zip” at top left in documents


    Status: Completed
  • December 13, 2022 4:15 pm

    1 month ago

    **12/13/22 Editor’s Note: This request is now #15 on the City’s email queue spreadsheet. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • November 17, 2022 12:08 pm

    2 months ago

    **11/17/22 Editor’s Note: This request is now #16 on the City’s email queue spreadsheet. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • November 3, 2022 10:46 am

    2 months ago

    from: Allison Byers <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 3, 2022, 10:46 AM
    subject: status of requests is email search queue

     

    Good morning, Sunshine Request,

     

    I received your messages inquiring about the status of your requests that are in the City of Asheville Email Search Queue, and I wanted to let you know what’s going on.

     

    As you know, public records requests for emails are processed in the order received, as we have found that to be the most fair and equitable way to fulfill these requests. However there are rare occurrences in which I am tasked with pulling emails for separate matters outside of public records requests, such as judicially mandated litigation matters. In these cases, there is no flexibility over the deadlines given by the Court and these pulls therefore have to take priority. That is what has happened here; I am currently working on an email pull for a litigation matter in which there is no leeway with the given deadline. As soon as I have this completed, the email pulls for public records requests will resume. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

     

    Please let me know if you have any further questions.

     

    Best,

    Allison Byers
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • October 25, 2022 4:10 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 25, 2022, 4:10 PM
    subject: Re: [External Message Added] City of Asheville public records request #22-485

     

    Good afternoon City of Asheville Public Records,

     

    I am following up on this request because it hasn’t changed position on the email queue spreadsheet over the past couple of weeks.

     

    Is there any update you can provide related to this request and when you anticipate it to be completed? I will plan on following up again in November if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • October 19, 2022 2:46 pm

    3 months ago

    **10/19/22 Editor’s Note: This request is now #18 on the City’s email queue spreadsheet. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 6, 2022 12:37 pm

    3 months ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 6, 2022, 12:37 PM
    subject: [External Message Added] City of Asheville public records request #22-485

     

    Your public records request has been received by the City of Asheville. Email requests are processed in the order they are received. Your request is number 19 in the email queue; you can view the queue document at any time to see the position of your request. Once the emails are collected and reviewed, you will be sent any responsive records. Please reply to this message or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 6, 2022 12:00 pm

    3 months ago

    **Editor’s Note: This request was sent in via Asheville City Government’s public records request portal. As we receive updates, we will post them here on our website. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!

     

    Hello City of Asheville (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office.

     

    If you’re not the appropriate party to contact about the request, please provide the correct name and email address of whom I should send it to.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again around the end of the month if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (October 2022) Request for City of Asheville, NC: Emails regarding homicides and suicides within the City 01/01/2022 – 09/29/2022

     

    Message: “Hello City of Asheville, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law.

     

    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    Please provide all internal and external email correspondence made by The Mayor of Asheville, Asheville City Council Members, The Asheville City Manager, The Asheville City Assistant Manager, and The Asheville City Police Chief, regarding murders, homicides, and suicides between the dates of 01/01/2022 and 09/28/2022.

     

    Please redact or exclude any personal info about specific crimes or victims (i.e. names, addresses, case numbers, or other personally identifying information). Sunshine Request will not publish this information.

     

    I am not requesting to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain printed copies of, electronic records. In accordance with NC Public Records Law, I’m requesting explicitly that all responsive records be provided via an electronic medium / format (in which the records should already exist), such as an email, file share, google drive folder, mailed flash drive if necessary, etc.

     

    [**I do not have any additional or further clarifying information to provide. 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.** ]

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    Editor’s Note: This request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from our Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of our request – We intend to continue to pursue our request.

     

    Please note that we cannot commit to sign any forms or pay any potential fees / associated costs related to any request. If it is not possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let us know the itemized potential cost.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    ** 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
  • October 4, 2022 11:23 am

    3 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending