City of Asheville Submitted: October 11, 2023 | Updated: November 2, 2023

(October 2023) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: List of all current Police Department employees and salaries as of present day.

Hi Allison (or City Records Officer / Custodian of these records),

Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which is being made 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 the request is unclear, or 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.**

SUBJECT:
(October 2023) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: List of all current Police Department employees and salaries as of present day.

MESSAGE:
Please provide a list of all current active City of Asheville, NC Police Officers, Police Department Employees / Staff, and their salaries, as of 10/11/2023 or 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]

Ideally, I’d like to receive these records in an Excel or other machine-readable format.

I acknowledge that this type of employee salary data should typically be available online already, via the City’s data portal:
https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/
https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/4d96bf8fbad640edbe124fe7185ba670/explore

However, according to that page the last date the salary data was updated was on “September 8, 2023”.

Please produce the records requested to me via email, as of today’s date or present day.
————————————

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 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 me or my Team. 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.

Editor’s Note 10/11/23: The submission above has been revised for clarity.


Additionally — please note:

We fulfilled many requests from 2018 through 2022 related to this topic. Throughout this process, we have asked for various points of clarification from City Staff, Legal, and City Records Officer(s). We were provided with varying explanations or web links to access this type of data. For example:

https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/
https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/4d96bf8fbad640edbe124fe7185ba670_0/explore?filters=eyJkZXBhcnRtZW50IjpbIlBvbGljZSJdfQ%3D%3D 

We’ve been told by the City that to request APD employee names, positions, dates of hire, we should just use that data link.^^ You can see that the City’s Data Portal for the “EmployeeBaseSalary” data set includes: current employee_name , annual_base_pay , hire_date , exempt_group , dept_id , department , div_id , division , jobtitle . You can also Filter the results specifically to show Police Department employees.

In this particular instance, however, since the data appears to have only been updated as of September 08, 2023, we will go ahead and send in the new request below to the City.

We just wanted to note that for the future if you’d like to request this same info, please check first to see if it is already publicly available / up-to-date on the City’s site.

Thank your for using www.sunshinerequest.com!

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • November 2, 2023 1:41 pm

    6 months ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Nov 2, 2023, 1:41 PM
    subject: Your City of Asheville public records request #23-574 has been closed.

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Record request #23-574 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

     

    The information you are interested in can be found online by viewing the Employee Base Salary in Open Data (on the City’s website). The data was last updated today (11/2/23). For convenience, here is the link, which will bring you to the already filtered database showing only Asheville Police Department employees.

     

    Your request is now closed. Please reply to this message or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

     

    View Request 23-574
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-574


    Status: Completed
  • November 2, 2023 1:41 pm

    6 months ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Nov 2, 2023, 1:41 PM
    subject: Your City of Asheville public records request #23-574 has been published.

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Record request #23-574 has been published and is now available for public view.

     

    View Request 23-574
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-574


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • October 31, 2023 12:26 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 31, 2023, 12:26 PM
    subject: Re: [Department Changed] City of Asheville public records request #23-574

     

    Hi Allison,

     

    Thanks for your reply.

     

    My public records request was submitted to you on October 11. It asked for:

     

    Please provide a list of all current active City of Asheville, NC Police Officers, Police Department Employees / Staff, and their salaries, as of 10/11/2023 or 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]

     

    The type of basic salary data I’ve requested is simple to provide, is very commonly produced, and is widely considered a matter of public record as part of the public personnel file of government employees. Many entities around the state fulfill requests like this via email in 1 week, and in many cases 1 day. You have also fulfilled these requests for me before.

     

    We find it to hard to believe that the City possesses no responsive public records that describe the name, date of hire, position, and salary of APD employees. The Open Data Portal dataset is produced from public records that currently exist, and we do not wish for our records request to be delayed further due to an internal effort to update the City’s data online.

     

    While we understand the City may be working to update the Open Data Portal dataset, we know from experience that these updates sometimes take far longer than originally estimated. As a result, we ask that you please work to fulfill our request as promptly as possible and please provide copies of the responsive records in their current state.

     

    We agree that publishing this information as Open Data can reduce staff time and provide greater access to the public. However, for Open Data to provide an effective resource, we feel it’s critical that the City keeps these resources online and up-to-date.

     

    Please proceed with my request as written.

     

    Thank you.


    October 31, 2023, 12:26pm by the requester


    Status: Follow up
  • October 24, 2023 4:50 pm

    7 months ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 24, 2023, 4:50 PM
    subject: [External Message Added] City of Asheville public records request #23-574

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    A message was sent to you regarding record request #23-574:

     

    Good afternoon, Sunshine Request,

    Per the HR department, all APD promotions are being entered this pay period and should be reflected on Open Data within the next two weeks at the latest. There is not another record that exists that is responsive to your request, but since Open Data will be once updated, I wanted to leave the request. I will let you know as soon as the promotions are reflected. In the meantime, if you have any other questions please reply to this message or contact [email protected].

     

    View Request 23-574
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-574


    October 24, 2023, 4:50pm by Allison Byers, Public Records Officer (Staff)


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 24, 2023 1:26 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 24, 2023, 1:26 PM
    subject: Re: [Department Changed] City of Asheville public records request #23-574

     

    Hi Allison (or City of AVL public records / Custodians of these Records),

     

    Can you please provide an anticipated date for the completion of the request above?

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • October 12, 2023 8:49 am

    7 months ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 12, 2023, 8:49 AM
    subject: [Department Changed] City of Asheville public records request #23-574

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Department assignment for records request #23-574 has changed:

     

    Added: Human Resources, Police.

     

    View Request 23-574
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-574


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 12, 2023 7:59 am

    7 months ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 12, 2023, 7:59 AM
    subject: [External Message Added] City of Asheville public records request #23-574

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    A message was sent to you regarding record request #23-574:

     

    Your public records request has been received by the City of Asheville and has been assigned to the appropriate person(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, you will receive any responsive records. Please reply to this message or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

     

    View Request 23-574
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-574


     

    October 12, 2023, 7:59am by Allison Byers, Public Records Officer (Staff)


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 11, 2023 5:55 pm

    7 months ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    reply-to: [email protected]
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 11, 2023, 5:55 PM
    subject: Your City of Asheville public records request #23-574 has been opened.

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Your record request #23-574 has been submitted successfully.

     

    View Request 23-574
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-574

     

    As the requester, you can always see the status of your request by signing into the City of Asheville portal.

     

    If you haven’t already signed in, you may need to activate or setup your account to get started. Once your account is activated, you can communicate directly with the City of Asheville through NextRequest.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • October 11, 2023 5:55 pm

    7 months ago

    **Editor’s Note: The following message was submitted to Asheville City Government’s public records request portal, Next Request. As we receive updates, we will post them here on our website. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!

     

    Hi Allison (or City Records Officer / Custodian of these records),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which is being made 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 the request is unclear, or 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.**

     

    SUBJECT:

    (October 2023) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: List of all current Police Department employees and salaries as of present day.

     

    MESSAGE:

    Please provide a list of all current active City of Asheville, NC Police Officers, Police Department Employees / Staff, and their salaries, as of 10/11/2023 or 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]

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive these records in an Excel or other machine-readable format.

     

    I acknowledge that this type of employee salary data should typically be available online already, via the City’s data portal:

    https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/

    https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/4d96bf8fbad640edbe124fe7185ba670/explore

     

    However, according to that page the last date the salary data was updated was on “September 8, 2023”.

     

    Please produce the records requested to me via email, as of today’s date or present day.

    ————————————

     

    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 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 me or my Team. 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.


     

    Request Opened

    Request received via web


    Status: Sent to Government
  • October 11, 2023 5:48 pm

    7 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending