Temporary staff for Covid response

Chris Dwan filed this request with the City of Somerville - Records Access Officer of Somerville, MA.
Due Nov. 16, 2020
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Chris Dwan

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All documents relating to the employment of temporary staff as part of the city's response to Covid-19. Please specifically include all documents related to Omar Boukili and Tim Snyder's work with the city in 2020. Please also include documents for all other individuals who are working for the city under any similar conditions or arrangements.

Documents of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Emails, letters and notes exchanged during the negotiation of the terms of employment
* Formal offer letters, contracts, statements of work, and services agreements
* Invoices, timesheets, work reports, and other documentation of effort.
* Performance reviews or any documentation of the quality of the work.

Thank you.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 business days, as the statute requires.


Chris Dwan

From: City of Somerville - Records Access Officer

Dear Mr. Dwan:

On behalf of the Records Access Officer and the Records Custodian(s), I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request dated Saturday, October 31, 2020 and received by us on November 2, 2020.

In responding to your request, the City has had to engage the assistance of several different Departments, and the search and redaction time is taking longer than expected. It will take more time to provide a complete response. The city will respond in full to the public records sought within 25 business days from the date of the receipt of your request.

The City intends to redact or withhold records on the on the basis of exemption (c) the privacy exemption and/or any other exemptions as will be set out in the City's response.

Thank you.

Susan Tkaczuk
City Hall, Law Department
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-6600 x 4402
Fax: (617) 776-8847

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