City of Asheville Submitted: February 23, 2024 | Updated: February 23, 2024

[See Editor’s Note] (February 2024) Multiple submissions related to City of Asheville, NC “Human Resources Consultant Study” and “Human Resources assessment report”


Date sent in to Sunshine: 02/09/24

Original Subject:
City of Asheville Human Resources Consultant Study

Original Message:
In Fall 2023, the City of Asheville entered into a contract with a consulting company (Raftelis Financial) to evaluate the City Human Resources Department. Please provide copies of all work generated by the consultant as part of the evaluation and study, including interview notes, comments, draft reports, final reports, results and recommendations.

Government Entity:
City of Asheville

Start Date / End Date:
September 01, 2024 - February 01, 2024


Date sent in to Sunshine: 02/17/24

Original Subject:
City of Asheville Human Resources assessment report

Original Message:
I am requesting a copy of the completed Human Resources consultant report that was recently performed by an outside consulting group. [REDACTED]. [REDACTED]. [REDACTED] ?

Government Entity:
City of Asheville

Start Date / End Date:
N/A - February 16, 2024

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02/23/24. Editor’s Note to Sender: The submission(s) above have been marked as “Completed”. As written it is unclear what specific searchable public record the sender would like to receive. Additionally, the Start date / End date (indicating the timelines for responsive records to be included in a search) are unclear.

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Status: Completed


  • February 23, 2024 1:40 pm

    3 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending