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The Virginia Freedom of Information Act - or FOIA, for short - is a law that guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees. It can be found in the Virginia Code - section 2.2-3700.
A public record is any writing or recording - regardless of whether it is a paper record, electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format - that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of, a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific statutory exemption applies.
The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.
The following is a general description of the types of records held by York County:
If you are unsure whether York County has the record(s) you seek, please contact the FOIA Officer (see contact info on page).
The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. York County commonly withholds records subject to the following exemptions:
The general policy of York County is to:
The general policy of York County is for County officials to exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner when an exemption applies, weighting the public interest in inspecting the record, and the public interest in maintaining the confidentiality of the record.
The general policy of York County is to release any records when the reason or legal basis for withholding them no longer applies.
York County must respond to your request within five working days of receiving it. "Day One" is considered the day after your request is received. The five-day period does not include weekends or holidays.
The reason behind your request for public records from York County is irrelevant, and you do not have to state why you want the records before we respond to your request. FOIA does, however, allow York County to require you to provide your name and legal address.
FOIA requires that York County make one of the following responses to your request within the five-day time period:
To request records from York County (excluding the offices listed below), you may direct your request to:Gail Whittaker, FOIA OfficerYork County Public AffairsStreet address: 224 Ballard Street Yorktown VA 23690Mailing address: P.O. Box 532 Yorktown VA 23690Phone: 757-890-3310Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
To request records from the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office, you may direct your request to:Captain Jeff KerrYork-Poquoson Sheriff's OfficeStreet address: 301 Goodwin Neck Road Yorktown VA 23692Mailing address: P.O. Box 99 Yorktown VA 23690Phone: 757-890-3630 Fax: 757-890-3649Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To request records from the York County Treasurer's Office, you may direct your request to:York County Treasurer's OfficeStreet address: 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard Yorktown VA 23690Mailing address: P.O. Box 251 Yorktown VA 23690Phone: 757-890-3420 Fax: 757-890-3439Email: email@example.com
To request records from the York-Poquoson Clerk of Circuit Court, you may direct your request to:Kristen N. Nelson, Clerk of Circuit CourtStreet address: 300 Ballard Street Yorktown VA 23690Mailing address: P.O. Box 371 Yorktown VA 23690Phone: 757-890-3350 Fax: 757-890-3364Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To request records from the York County Commissioner of the Revenue's Office, you may direct your request to:Wendy Kurnas, AuditorCommissioner of the Revenue's OfficeStreet address: 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard Yorktown VA 23690Mailing address: P.O. Box 190 Yorktown VA 23690Phone: 757-890-3383 Fax: 757-890-3389Email: email@example.com