Request for personnel file

John Kirsch filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Texas.
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From: John Kirsch

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all material in the state employee personnel file of Mary Ferrell, a Dallas woman who passed away in 2004. This is a link to her obituary in The Dallas Morning News,

I believe Mrs. Ferrell worked in the administration of Gov. Dolph Briscoe and that she may have worked in Briscoe's Houston office, perhaps in 1974. Her Social Security number was 408-22-2876.

Mrs. Ferrell gained recognition for her research into the assassination of President Kennedy. The Mary Ferrell Foundation, which houses material about the assassination and other events, is named in her honor.

I'm the author of a blog on the assassination,

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 fees cannot be waived, 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.


John Kirsch

From: John Kirsch

Please find Mary Ferrell's obit attached.
Thank you.

From: Public Records

August 3, 2015

John Kirsch

RE: OOG PIR # 15-305

Dear Mr. Kirsch:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on July 20, 2015. A copy of your request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and has located the attached document that is responsive to your request. The OOG has redacted a social security number pursuant to section 552.147(b) of the Government Code. Although the Public Information Act allows a governmental body to charge for reproducing information, the attached information is being provided to you at no charge.

If you have any questions, please contact me at


Johanna Hopkins
Legal Assistant
General Counsel Division
Office of Governor Greg Abbott