Reasonableness key to records requests

Local officials get lesson in public documents, open meetings



Max Gerwin, of State Auditor Dave Yost’s office, speaks to a crowd of about 150 people, mainly local government employees or elected officials, regarding Ohio’s public records and open meetings laws Wednesday afternoon at the Bellefontaine First Church of God. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)


Being reasonable and erring on the side of transparency are the key elements when handling public records requests, a state official told a group of about 150 people, most of whom were local public employees. 

“If both sides are reasonable — and 99 percent of the time they are — it is possible to work out any issues regarding (public records) requests without any issues,” Max Gerwin of State Auditor Dave Yost’s Open Government Unit said during the Wednesday afternoon training session.

“Most of the time people are looking for something specific and any tension that exists is just because they aren’t exactly sure what to ask.”

Mr. Gerwin came to Bellefontaine at the request of City Auditor Jack Reser and Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder to present the three-hour session on Ohio’s public records and open meeting laws, which all elected officials are either required to attend or send a delegate to attend in their stead.



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