In response to “Names on a Roster just don’t cut it Chief Stith”
|It is against Florida statutes to post addresses of emergency response persons due to the nature of their jobs to which would include law enforcement, firefighters and emts. You are in violation of Florida statutes. Just so you’re aware of your own ignorance.|
Sorry, we are not a government entity nor is the information provided a “public record” just saying…who’s an idiot.
The situation with these local firefighters is that the Town Public Records custodian may not provide information relating to police officers and firefighters, , but it does not state anything about a common person finding this information out via the white pages or any other means. Furthermore what would be wrong with stating “White Springs” or “Lake City” etc. The trouble is there is no one locally and we all know it, but you are hoping blinders remain on all the Town council.
The problem is that Steve Stith is required to provide the Town council , specifically Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie, with the distance or the number of minutes it would take for each of these “volunteer” firefighters who are paid on weekends, or to come on weekdays on their own to fight a fire. In fact, I would bet that Stacy Tebo as the Manager for the town should have applications on each one of the Volunteers whereas she could provide such information to the council as to the time it would take for each of these volunteers to arrive in White Springs fully dressed to fight a fire. This is just one of many excuses used by Steve Stith and the Greenes so as not to tell the truth to the council that there is actually no fire department. You better point that finger at yourself, Mister!!
Karin for the blog
d. The home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of current or former firefighters certified in compliance with s. 633.408; the names, home addresses, telephone numbers, photographs, dates of birth, and places of employment of the spouses and children of such firefighters; and the names and locations of schools and day care facilities attended by the children of such firefighters are exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution.
Section 119.071(4)(d)1.a., Florida Statutes, provides that
“[t]he home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, and photographs of active or former law enforcement personnel, . . . the home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, photographs, and places of employment of the spouses and children of such personnel; and the names and locations of schools and day care facilities attended by the children of such personnel are exempt from s. 119.07(1).”
Exemptions from the public records requirements are to be strictly construed in light of the public purpose for adoption of the statute, i.e., to open public records to the state’s citizens to discover the actions of their government.
The statute extends the exemption from inspection and copying to current and former law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and certain personnel of various governmental agencies with law enforcement related duties. The purpose of the exemption is to ensure the safety of these officers and their families by removing certain information relating to those individuals from the mandatory disclosure requirements of the Public Records Law, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. However, the statute makes these records exempt, not confidential, and an agency is not prohibited from disclosing the documents in all circumstances. This office, in Attorney General Opinion 07-21, stated that while section 119.071(4)(d)1., Florida Statutes, makes photographs of law enforcement personnel exempt rather than confidential, the custodian, in deciding whether such information should be disclosed, must determine whether there is a statutory or substantial policy need for disclosure. In the absence of a statutory or other legal duty to be accomplished by disclosure, the agency should consider whether the release of such information is consistent with the purpose of the exemption.
“[a]n agency that is the custodian of the information specified in subparagraph 1. and that is not the employer of the officer, employee, justice, judge, or other person specified in subparagraph 1. shall maintain the exempt status of that information only if the officer, employee, justice, judge, other person, or employing agency of the designated employee submits a written request for maintenance of the exemption to the custodial agency.”
The general rule with regard to personnel records is the same as for other public records; unless the Legislature has expressly exempted an agency’s personnel records from disclosure or authorized the agency to adopt rules limiting access to such records, personnel records are subject to public inspection and copying under section 119.07(1), Florida Statutes. Section 119.071(4)(d)2., Florida Statutes, provides an exemption from disclosure for certain personal information of current and former law enforcement officers. When that information is held by records custodians in agencies other than those employing the law enforcement personnel as law enforcement personnel, it is incumbent upon those entitled to the exemption to request in writing that their personal information be withheld from disclosure.