Other (indicate in message) Submitted: June 24, 2024 | Updated: June 24, 2024

[See Editor’s Note ](June 2024) Submission related to “city of Durham nc emails” for “head of backflow prefention”. From 01/01/21 – 06/11/24.

Date sent in to Sunshine: 06/11/24

Original Subject:
Request for city of Durham nc emails for Nissa Pauley

Original Message:
Requesting 3 years of emails for City of Durham NC employee Nissa Pauley, head of backflow prefention. Her email is [email protected]

Government Entity:
Other (indicate in message)

Start Date / End Date:
January 01, 2021 - June 11, 2024

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Editor’s Note 06/24/24: The submission above has been marked as “Completed”. As written, it is unclear what specific, searchable public records the sender would like to receive.

We don’t know how many records a request like this would potentially include — but due to the long time period of 3.50 years, and since the emails 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


  • June 24, 2024 2:58 pm

    2 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending