DEPTID Codes for Police Department Payroll

Zach Zwagil filed this request with the Baltimore Mayor's Office of Baltimore, MD.
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From: Zach Zwagil

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The Baltimore City Employee Salary datasets on Open Baltimore list employees according to DEPTID number. For any DEPTID number starting with A99, I am requesting a descriptor that corresponds to each code. For example, certain codes correspond to specific police district assignments (e.g. Central District, Western District, etc.) and other codes correspond to non-district specific units (e.g. Operational Intelligence, Flight officers, etc.). I am requesting the district and unit names associated with each DEPTID number starting with A99.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Zach Zwagil

From: Zach Zwagil

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to follow up on a Maryland Public Information Act request submitted on 4/16/2019. I have yet to receive a response from the Mayor's Office regarding a matter pertaining to the Open Baltimore data archive. Below is the text of the original MPIA request:

"Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The Baltimore City Employee Salary datasets on Open Baltimore list employees according to DEPTID number. For any DEPTID number starting with A99, I am requesting a descriptor that corresponds to each code. For example, certain codes correspond to specific police district assignments (e.g. Central District, Western District, etc.) and other codes correspond to non-district specific units (e.g. Operational Intelligence, Flight officers, etc.). I am requesting the district and unit names associated with each DEPTID number starting with A99.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires."

Sincerely,

Zach Zwagil

From: Baltimore Mayor's Office

Dear Mr. Zwagil,

The Baltimore City Mayor's Office is in receipt of your May 17, 2019 request. The Maryland Public Information Act ("PIA"), codified in Sections 4-101 et. seq. of the General Provisions ("GP") governs your request.

A request for public information under the PIA must be submitted to the custodian of public records. GP § 4-202(a). Each governmental entity, including each Baltimore City agency, is the custodian of its own records. See Baltimore City Code, Art. 1 § 10-1. This response is on behalf of the Mayor's Office. A request under the PIA must be for an existing record GP Section 4-101 (j)(1). The Mayor's Office has no such record. GP §4-205 (c)(4)(i) (no requirement for "custodian to create, compile, or program a new public record"); GP §4-202 (d)(1); see Maryland Public Information Act Manual 14th Ed., October 2015, 2-3 ("an agency has no obligation to create records to satisfy a PIA request.").

Nothing in this response is intended to indicate that records sought from City agencies exist or to waive any privileges held by the Mayor and City Council. You may contest this response by filing a complaint in Circuit Court pursuant to GP Section 4-362.
Sincerely,

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