City creates new team to handle public records requests
April 23, 2019 12:22 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The City of Albuquerque is changing the way it handles public records requests.
Traditionally, department heads and managers were expected to gather information when people asked but now a four-person team is in charge of getting that info.
"People can request pretty much anything. We receive about 5,000 requests a year to the police department for lapel camera videos, police reports, 911 calls,” said Ethan Watson, the city’s deputy clerk.
Last year, the city received nearly 7,400 records requests and nearly 1,293 requests in January and February of this year.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said he is committed to bring transparency back to City Hall.
“Government only works when it is accountable to the people it serves,” said Keller.
“We’re working to make our City more open and transparent across all departments. I’m excited to announce this team as one more tool to increase transparency to the public,” he added.
Officials say having a team dedicated to fulfilling records requests will also help with their response times.
"Last year and the year before we were producing documents right around the 15th day which is what's provided by the public records law and currently we are down to nine days which is the average response time,” said Watson.
“Our hope is with this team we will get even more efficient at producing documents to the public,” he said.
Created: April 23, 2019 12:22 PM
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