County Prosecutor investigating records request denial
The Independent received a letter from Belveal last week informing the newspaper that an official investigation was under way. The letter also indicated that the city has also been notified.
In May the Independent made a request with City Clerk Patty Hamm for copies of time sheets for city employees.
Hamm sent a letter initially that denied the request because of the records containing personal information.
The Independent again sent a request to the city asking that the records be provided with any personal information redacted.
A letter was sent to the Independent from City Attorney Mike Hayes again denying the request saying that the records requested did not exist in the form they were being asked for.
At the council’s June 7 meeting Hamm was asked if social security numbers were listed on an employee’s time card and Hamm said that has not been past practice.
Former city employees have told the Independent that the city uses generic time cards that only contain the employee’s name and hours worked.
The Independent has made a similar request with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and all records were provided the same day. The Independent also obtains records from the Sheriff’s Department that contain personal information that is redacted.
Last month City Councilwoman Kathy Griffin expressed some concerns with how records requests were being handled with the city and also suggested a new timing system for city employees.
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