Posts Tagged ‘personnel records’

Setting Salaries and Closed Sessions

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The city council has scheduled a meeting to discuss four things related to employee salaries: 1) Review of a pay study prepared by a consultant that describes current employee salaries compared with market rates; 2) Whether to authorize an across-the-board cost of living raise for all employees; 3) A proposed reorganization which includes a recommendation […]

Trial Court Review of Closed Session Minutes

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A North Carolina local school board renews its contract with a superintendent for an additional four years. Seven months later, the board meets in closed session to discuss a personnel matter. Immediately after the closed session, the superintendent resigns and the board approves a $200,000 severance payment. The newspaper requests a copy of the closed […]

How Public Are Law Enforcement Vehicle or Body Camera Videos? (Not Very, in North Carolina.)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

[Update: Legislation clarifying the status of vehicle and body-worn camera recordings under the North Carolina public records law was enacted in July, 2016. The law is summarized in a blog post here.] “We may have reached the point where video technology is producing a full-fledged revolution in policing. That revolution has been crystalized, or at least […]

Are Security Videos Public Records?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Local governments, like many other organizations, place cameras in strategic locations to monitor activities that take place on their property or in public places. Security cameras are used for various purposes, including to apprehend and deter criminal behavior by employees or members of the public and to monitor and document employee performance for evaluation, discipline […]

Court Does Not Have Authority to Grant Public Access to Personnel Records

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

State law prohibits general public access to most public employee records. The parallel statutes that govern city and county employee records, as well as several of the separate statutes that govern other types of public agencies, contain provisions that allow access to these records by court order. A recent Court of Appeals opinion, In Re […]

Waiting for Interpretations of the New Personnel Privacy Provisions: What Options Do Local Governments Have?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

On October 1, 2010, a North Carolina city receives a request under G.S. 160A-168(b)(11) for a copy of the written notice of the final dismissal of former police chief Chris Jones, setting forth the specific acts or omissions that were the basis of the dismissal.  (This is information that will be “a matter of public […]