Other (indicate in message) Submitted: February 7, 2024 | Updated: February 7, 2024

[See Editor’s Note] (February 2024) Submission related to Rutherford County (NC) “Missing funds”

Date sent in to Sunshine: 02/02/24

Original Subject:
Rutherford County Sheriff Ellenburg – Missing funds.

Original Message:
Rutherford County Sheriff Ellenburg – Missing funds.

In 2023, Sherrif Ellenburg had a fund raiser for new tasers led by Mike Hager and Bryson Smith that netted almost $10,000. There is no public record of the receipt and expenditure of these funds. Where did the money go?
This is a public records request for a copy of all deposits of donations received by Sherrif Ellenburg for the Sheriff department and deposits into his political campaign accounts.
This is a public records request for all emails and texts from Sherrif Ellenburg and Mike Hager from January 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024.
This is a public records request for all emails and texts from Sherrif Ellenburg and Bryson Smith from January 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024
Aaron Ellenburg uses three email addresses. All three are to be included in this request.
They are:
A. [email protected] ,
B. [email protected]
C. [email protected]

Government Entity:
Other (indicate in message)

Start Date / End Date:
January 01, 2023 - February 01, 2024

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Editor’s Note 02/07/24: The submission above has been marked as “Completed”. As written, it is unclear what specific, searchable public records the sender would like to receive:

1. “a copy of all deposits of donations received by Sherrif Ellenburg for the Sheriff department and deposits into his political campaign accounts.” 

– It is unclear what donations received “for the Sheriff department” means, and what specific records you’d like to receive. Also — what time period should this cover? Is it 01/01/23 – 02/01/24, or some other period?.

2.“all emails and texts from Sherrif Ellenburg and Mike Hager from January 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024.”
“all emails and texts from Sherrif Ellenburg and Bryson Smith from January 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024.”

– Is this meant to be a request for “all texts and emails sent between the Sheriff and Mike Hager” specifically. And, “all texts and all emails sent between the Sheriff and Bryson Smith” specifically?

– We don’t know how many records a request like this would potentially include — but since the communications you’re seeking cover a 1+ year period, and are not subject matter or keyword specific, as it’s written we find the request to be overly broad.

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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • February 7, 2024 5:28 pm

    2 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending