Iowa Public Information Board – Alleged Violation of Iowa Code Chapter 22 – Guthrie County, IA – #001

01 March 2022

MEMORANDUM

From: Michael J. Merritt
PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208
(515)-446-8993
USN, Retired//Writer

To: Iowa Public Information Board
Wallace Building
502 East 9th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Info: Chief Deputy Jeremy Bennett
200 North 5th Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115

Subj: IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD – ALLEGED VIOLATION OF IOWA CODE CHAPTER 22 – GUTHRIE COUNTY, IA- #001

Ref: 1. Iowa Code Chapter 22 – Examination of Public Records
2. Iowa Code Chapter 23 – Public Access to Government Information
3. Freedom of Information Request to the City of Guthrie Center, Iowa – #001, 03 DEC 2021
4. Freedom of Information Status Request to the City of Guthrie Center, IA and Guthrie County, IA – #001, 14 FEB 2022
5. Electronic Service of Reference (4.) IAW Iowa Code Chapter 22.4 Public Records Request, 15 FEB 2022
6. Electronic Mail Response – Guthrie County, IA – 15 FEB 2022
7. Freedom of Information Status Request to Guthrie County, IA/Sheriff’s Department – #002, 16 FEB 2022
8. Electronic Service of Reference (6.) IAW Iowa Code Chapter 22.4 Public Records Request, 17 FEB 2022

1. Iowa Code Allegedly Violated

Iowa Code Chapter 22 – Examination of Public Records

2. Alleged Violation Background

Time: 12:00 AM Central Standard Time
Date: 01 March 2022
Place: Location of Records: Guthrie County, IA/Origination of Request: Newton, IA

3. Name of Government Entity Involved

Guthrie County, IA

4. Name of Government Employees/Officials Involved

Guthrie County, IA Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jeremy Bennett

5. Other Persons Having Information and their Contact Information

None Available/Known

6. Description of Alleged Violation

Guthrie County, IA has failed to communicate a response or provide records in response to Reference (3.), (4.), or (7.). Reference (3.) was sent to Guthrie County, IA via United States Postal Service First Class Mail. Reference (4.) was sent to Guthrie County, IA via electronic mail as shown in Reference (5.). Reference (6.) is Guthrie County IA’s only response as of 01 MAR 2022. Reference (7.) addressed the inadequate response by Guthrie County, IA, and was sent to Guthrie County, IA via electronic mail as shown in Reference (8.)

7. Proposed Actions to be Taken

The originator of this correspondence and all referenced requests for records in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22 is requesting assistance from the Iowa Public Information Board in ascertaining the delay in providing a response or the requested documents by Guthrie County, IA.

As a twenty-year United States Navy Veteran, Cryptologist, and Information Systems Technician responsible for leading personnel in their execution of processing, distributing, and releasing classified message traffic to authorized users in joint and allied tactical environments. The author of this memorandum is intrigued regarding the excessive delay of the City of Ames, IA’s response to a request for records in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22.

Respectfully,

Michael J. Merritt
PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208
(515)-446-8993
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