Simpsonville (S.C.) reviewing FOI draft policy

How citizens access public information may change in Simpsonville. City officials are drafting a Freedom of Information policy to create a standardized process for handling FOI requests, but some provisions in the draft policy’s current form have raised concerns by specialists in public information access.

The resolution drafted by the city attorney was brought up in both City Council meetings in May. At the request of David Dyrhaug, interim city administrator, the issue was tabled for further evaluation. “I hadn’t had a chance to go through it in great depth yet,” he said. “Now I have and I have quasi-concerns with it.”

The issue was raised because the city has no policy in place on who disseminates public information. The nearby cities of Fountain Inn and Greenville don’t have specific policies; both use the state law regarding requests for public information. Mauldin has a specific public information policy to determine how FOI requests are handled. Continue>>>