Other (indicate in message) Submitted: October 13, 2023 | Updated: November 7, 2023

(October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

Good evening Kimberly, Kirk, Keith, Kenneth, and Archie (or Rocky Mount Records Officer / Custodian(s) 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). I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. 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.**

Please provide all “salary / pay adjustment history” for each of the following employees during the time period of 07/01/2018 through 08/01/2023:

Elton Dainiels, Assistant City Manager
Christopher Beschler, Director II
Latasha Hall, Director I
Kena Cofield Jones, Director II
William Kerr, Director II
Brenton Bent, Director II
Kenneth Hunter, Assistant to the City Manager
Joel Dunn, Director II
Archie Jones, Director I
William Walters, Energy Resources Operations Manager - Gas
Darryl Strother, Energy Resources Operations Manager - Electric
Timmy Farmer, Operations Manager
JoSeth Bocook, Deputy Director
Grayson Cascell, Load Management Coordinator
Milton Wiggins, Electric Line Crew Leader
Brandon Jones, Electric Service Technician
Cekeithia Blakney, Executive Assistant
Timmie Coley, 2nd Class Lineman
William Godwin, Water Treatment Plant Operator A
Arnie Jones, Sanitation Equipment Operator II
Toney Shields, Sanitation Equipment Operator I
Cynthia Dunnings, Customer Service Representative I
Steven Garrett, Maintenance Worker II
Gerald James, Maintenance Worker I
Andre Holloman, Meter Technician I

For each adjustment, I’m requesting that you include the following fields:

1. Employee name
2. Date of adjustment
3. Job title at time of the adjustment
4. Hourly rate before the adjustment
5. Hourly rate after the adjustment
6. Reason for the adjustment (specifically – the area of municipal code the adjustment was authorized under, if possible).

Please include the employee’s current position / title in the report.

Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel, .PDF, or other machine-readable format, if possible. 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 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.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • November 7, 2023 4:18 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>
    cc: “Keith Rogers Jr.” <[email protected]>, Kena Cofield-Jones <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 7, 2023, 4:18 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    Hi Kirk,

     

    Thanks for your response.

     

    Sunshine Request is a community project built by PRC Applications (in Asheville, NC). We use our technical skills to help our community through projects that improve the interactions between citizens and government. We built Sunshine Request to make it easier for citizens to make public records requests, turning a complicated government process into a simple form on our site. Our team serves as a proxy between citizens and local government, which allows public records requests to be submitted anonymously.

     

    However, we cannot agree to pay any fees or associated costs related to any of the requests we submit through our website.

     

    I will now close this records request (and you can too), and I will mark it as “Completed” on our website. I have posted the info you’ve provided re: fees — and I encourage any future requestors to reach out to your office directly for assistance, should they wish to further pursue a similar request, or to pay the fees for such records.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • November 7, 2023 4:13 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Keith Rogers Jr.” <[email protected]>, Kena Cofield-Jones <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 7, 2023, 4:13 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    This response is in regards to a request that I received last month regarding the “salary/pay adjustment history” for 25 city of Rocky Mount employees.

     

    I have consulted with the city’s Human Resources Department and have been informed that this request will require approximately eight hours of staff time to fulfill.

     

    In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 132-6.2(b), we have a guideline that calls for imposing a “special service charge” for the fulfillment of records requests that require “extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance.” We define “extensive clerical or supervisory assistance” as exceeding four hours of staff time.

     

    For this request, the estimated special service charge for eight hours of staff time is $297.15, based on the hourly salaries of the two staff members who would be involved in compiling this information. The city requires a deposit of half of this fee, $148.58, before we will proceed with fulfilling this request. The remaining fee would be due when the information that been requested is ready.

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

     

    Kirk Brown
    ​Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Relations
    City of Rocky Mount
    O: 252-972-1333
    C: 252-343-4893
    Email: [email protected]
    www.rockymountnc.gov
    331 S. Franklin St.
    Rocky Mount, NC 27804


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • November 1, 2023 4:42 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Nov 1, 2023, 4:42 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    Good afternoon Kimberly, Kirk, Keith, Kenneth, and Archie,

     

    This is my second attempt to follow up regarding my public records request in the email thread above. It was first submitted to your offices on October 13th:

     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Oct 13, 2023, 5:25 PM
    subject: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.
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    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 13, 2023, 5:28 PM
    subject: Fwd: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    I have not received any response since submitting the request, nor to my follow up email on 10/23.

     

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

     

    I will follow up again in 1 week, if I do not hear back before then.

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • October 23, 2023 5:15 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Kirk Brown <[email protected]> via rockymountnc.onmicrosoft.com
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 23, 2023, 5:15 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    Editor’s Note 10/23/23: There was not any text contained within the body of Kirk’s auto-reply message above. The email was blank.


    Status: Follow up
  • October 23, 2023 5:14 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Oct 23, 2023, 5:14 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    Hi Kimberly, Kirk, Keith, Kenneth, and Archie (or Rocky Mount Records Officer / Custodian(s) of these records),

     

    Please reply promptly.

     

    I’m following up on my public records request in the email thread above. It was first submitted to your offices on Oct 13, 2023.

     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Oct 13, 2023, 5:25 PM
    subject: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.
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    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 13, 2023, 5:28 PM
    subject: Fwd: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    I have not received a reply from anyone since submitting the request.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know that the request will begin processing — and if possible, please provide an anticipated date or timeline for its completion.

     

    Thank you!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • October 13, 2023 5:28 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 13, 2023, 5:28 PM
    subject: Fwd: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———
    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    Date: Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 5:25 PM
    Subject: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.
    To: <[email protected]>
    Cc: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>

     

    Good evening Kimberly, Kirk, Keith, Kenneth, and Archie (or Rocky Mount Records Officer / Custodian(s) 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). I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. 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.**

     

    Please provide all “salary / pay adjustment history” for each of the following employees during the time period of 07/01/2018 through 08/01/2023:

     

    Elton Dainiels, Assistant City Manager
    Christopher Beschler, Director II
    Latasha Hall, Director I
    Kena Cofield Jones, Director II
    William Kerr, Director II
    Brenton Bent, Director II
    Kenneth Hunter, Assistant to the City Manager
    Joel Dunn, Director II
    Archie Jones, Director I
    William Walters, Energy Resources Operations Manager – Gas
    Darryl Strother, Energy Resources Operations Manager – Electric
    Timmy Farmer, Operations Manager
    JoSeth Bocook, Deputy Director
    Grayson Cascell, Load Management Coordinator
    Milton Wiggins, Electric Line Crew Leader
    Brandon Jones, Electric Service Technician
    Cekeithia Blakney, Executive Assistant
    Timmie Coley, 2nd Class Lineman
    William Godwin, Water Treatment Plant Operator A
    Arnie Jones, Sanitation Equipment Operator II
    Toney Shields, Sanitation Equipment Operator I
    Cynthia Dunnings, Customer Service Representative I
    Steven Garrett, Maintenance Worker II
    Gerald James, Maintenance Worker I
    Andre Holloman, Meter Technician I

     

    For each adjustment, I’m requesting that you include the following fields:

     

    1. Employee name
    2. Date of adjustment
    3. Job title at time of the adjustment
    4. Hourly rate before the adjustment
    5. Hourly rate after the adjustment
    6. Reason for the adjustment (specifically – the area of municipal code the adjustment was authorized under, if possible).

     

    Please include the employee’s current position / title in the report.

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel, .PDF, or other machine-readable format, if possible. 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 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.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • October 13, 2023 5:25 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Mail Delivery Subsystem <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 13, 2023, 5:25 PM
    subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

     

    Address not found

     

    Your message wasn’t delivered to [email protected] because the domain rockymountnc.go couldn’t be found. Check for typos or unnecessary spaces and try again.

     

    LEARN MORE

     

    The response was:

     

    DNS Error: DNS type ‘mx’ lookup of rockymountnc.go responded with code NXDOMAIN Domain name not found: rockymountnc.go Learn more at https://support.google.com/mail/?p=BadRcptDomain

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    To: kimberly.batts@rockymountnc.go
    Cc: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>, [email protected]v[email protected]v[email protected]
    Bcc:
    Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2023 17:25:27 -0400
    Subject: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.
    —– Message truncated —–


    Status: Sent to Government
  • October 13, 2023 5:25 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Kirk Brown <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Oct 13, 2023, 5:25 PM
    subject: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for City of Rocky Mount, NC Government: Specific employee salary / pay adjustment history 07/01/2018 – 08/01/2023.

     

    Good evening Kimberly, Kirk, Keith, Kenneth, and Archie (or Rocky Mount Records Officer / Custodian(s) 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). I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. 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.**

     

    Please provide all “salary / pay adjustment history” for each of the following employees during the time period of 07/01/2018 through 08/01/2023:

     

    Elton Dainiels, Assistant City Manager
    Christopher Beschler, Director II
    Latasha Hall, Director I
    Kena Cofield Jones, Director II
    William Kerr, Director II
    Brenton Bent, Director II
    Kenneth Hunter, Assistant to the City Manager
    Joel Dunn, Director II
    Archie Jones, Director I
    William Walters, Energy Resources Operations Manager – Gas
    Darryl Strother, Energy Resources Operations Manager – Electric
    Timmy Farmer, Operations Manager
    JoSeth Bocook, Deputy Director
    Grayson Cascell, Load Management Coordinator
    Milton Wiggins, Electric Line Crew Leader
    Brandon Jones, Electric Service Technician
    Cekeithia Blakney, Executive Assistant
    Timmie Coley, 2nd Class Lineman
    William Godwin, Water Treatment Plant Operator A
    Arnie Jones, Sanitation Equipment Operator II
    Toney Shields, Sanitation Equipment Operator I
    Cynthia Dunnings, Customer Service Representative I
    Steven Garrett, Maintenance Worker II
    Gerald James, Maintenance Worker I
    Andre Holloman, Meter Technician I

     

    For each adjustment, I’m requesting that you include the following fields:

     

    1. Employee name
    2. Date of adjustment
    3. Job title at time of the adjustment
    4. Hourly rate before the adjustment
    5. Hourly rate after the adjustment
    6. Reason for the adjustment (specifically – the area of municipal code the adjustment was authorized under, if possible).

     

    Please include the employee’s current position / title in the report.

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel, .PDF, or other machine-readable format, if possible. 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 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.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • October 13, 2023 5:22 pm

    9 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending