City of Asheville Submitted: August 11, 2021 | Updated: August 11, 2021

[See Editor’s Note](August 2021) Submission related to “APD ERT” emails 01/01/21 – 07/22/21

Original Subject:

Original Message:
Hi City of Asheville, NC Government (Records Officer),

I’d like to make a public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law:

Please provide all emails during the specific time period of January 01, 2021 through July 22, 2021 sent to and sent from, the City of Asheville Police Department's Chief Zack, Deputy Chief Baumstark, Deputy Chief Yelton, and any other command staff member specifically pertaining to the status or reduction of APD's ERT team.

For all requested items above, please provide all .pdfs, files, attachments, videos, hyperlinks, etc. that are indicated within the responsive records. For example: A .pdf that is an attachment within an email, should also be provided as a document along with the responsive emails.

Please include all of those additional documents where applicable, as relates to the requested information above.
If the records are ultimately too large to send via emailed file share, I'd ask that you please create a public Google Drive folder / link or some other file format to transfer the files electronically.

Thank you for your assistance

Government Entity:
City of Asheville

Start Date / End Date:
January 01, 2021 - July 22, 2021

Editor’s Note 08/11/21: We apologize for the delay in processing and publishing this request on our site. Sunshine Request is a project built and run by a small team at PRC Applications. We run the site in addition to our primary business. While we will always do our best to process and follow up on requests as quickly as possible, there may be occasional delays, depending on our availability in a given week or month.

** The above submission has been marked as “Completed”, as it is very similar to a June 2021 request (currently open and being processed on our site), that asked for:

“… all emails during the specific time period of January 01, 2021 throughMay 24, 2021 sent to and sent from, the City of Asheville Police Department’s Deputy Chief Baumstark, Captain Stepp, Lieutenant Brown, and Stephanie Craig. Specifically, I am requesting all emails pertaining to the subject matter or referencing ERT.”

Although the new submission above is slightly different (longer timeline / different names specified), it also overlaps much of the same information that has already been requested in June — For that reason we’d ask that the sender please wait to resubmit a new request until the June request has been completed. Just so that there is no confusion or duplication of efforts by either the City of AVL or our team at Sunshine caused by sending in such similar requests.

Please keep track of the status of the original request at the following URL:

Per our last update to Liz Harper on July 02, 2021, we will follow up on that request again in “early October”.

If the new submission above is time sensitive, we’d recommend that the sender reach out to the City directly for help processing a new request sent outside of our website.

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Status: Completed


  • August 11, 2021 3:59 pm

    2 years ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending