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Supervisor revises FOIA disclosure tag on emails

Earlier this year, Stafford supervisors discussed how fees are calculated for requests under the Freedom of Information Act. They agreed that any fees should be based upon salaries through the county, not other employment. This was posted on the county’s website.

Since then, Rock Hill Supervisor Cord Sterling has changed his emails to go through a county server, after he said it’d take $1,240 to fulfill a request based on his own time.

Here’s a new disclosure that Sterling has attached at the bottom of his emails:

All emails sent by (or to) a Stafford County Supervisor are subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Due to the number and scope of FOIA requests submitted, all of my emails are now delivered to (and stored on) a County server and will be accessed and responded to in as timely manner as possible. I apologize that this new process, which is intended to reduce costs for those submitting FOIA requests, may result in delayed response. Please be assured that I will continue to be as responsive as before despite the increased bureaucratic process that this creates.

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