Thursday, October 10, 2013

Public officials should celebrate the public’s right to know, rather trying to find new ways to frustrate it. | Florida Open Government Watch

Joel Chandler, two time High Noon in Lake Worth guest, decries the practice of centralized record retrieval practiced by some agencies. In many cases, this can lead to wild goose chases between different departments and physical locations. Click title for link to his blog post - here's a bit of it.
Polices that centralize public records access are indicative of an agency culture, which is antithetical to openness.  In order to change this culture agency leadership must first embrace the fact that public records access in Florida is a constitutionally protected civil right.  That fact needs to be regularly reinforced to all agency personnel.