One of the best ways to become comfortable with the public records request process is to find ways to file on a regular basis. We have some suggestions about what you want (and need) to consider to determine what works best for you.
David Cuillier is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Arizona. He specializes in public records reporting and co-wrote the book, The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records, the second edition of which is being released this month. The book teaches journalists and involved citizens how to gain access to public records, which he says is an art that requires understanding of the system and human behavior. For this week’s Requester’s Voice, Cuillier spoke to MuckRock about his book and the study he worked on this past year.
S. Dean sent this request to the City of Kirkland, Public Records Requests c/o City Clerk, Kathi Anderson of Kirkland, WA