FOIA

The Town of Romney is committed to the principle that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees, unless otherwise expressly provided by law.

The law governing public access to government records is the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which may be reviewed in its entirety here. As you can read in more detail at that link, certain records are exempt from disclosure, for reasons including the protection of individual privacy, attorney-client privilege, and security.

At the Town of Romney, we place an emphasis on open government. Many records, including the city code and all records of council proceedings (meeting minutes, resolutions, and ordinances) are available for examination by the public by appointment, with no need for the submission of a FOIA request. (If you need large volumes of copies or printing of such records, charges may apply, and copies may not be available the same day they are requested). Please feel free to contact the city clerk in order to discuss whether or not a FOIA request is needed to access the records you are interested in.

If you do submit a FOIA request, Romney Town Council has adopted a policy requiring that requesters pay the cost of materials used in responding to a FOIA request. These costs include $1 dollar per page for photocopies or printing; the actual cost of any non-paper media used to transmit the records, such as a disk, flash drive; and mailing costs. There is no fee for reviewing records in person. You will always be informed of any estimated cost for your request before the request is completed.

To make a FOIA request for records held by the Town of Romney, please download and complete the following form: