Maverick county will now be counting with a Public Information officer who will be responsible for taking on all open records request and assuring that they’re handled in a timely manner and that the information being requested can be disclosed to the public as well.
The Maverick County Commissioners Court voted in favor of establishing a policy and naming a Public Information Officer during their meeting held on Thursday October , 26.
Attorney Robert Wilson addressed the item. “We’ve been discussing the need to appoint a public information officer to handle open records request on behalf of Maverick County.”
Wilson explained that he works with other governmental agencies that have such person handle that type of items. “This will allow the county to be able to account and track down any request coming in.”
Wilson presented a new policy regarding the role of the public information officer and addressing the transition from how it’s structured at present time.
Legal Counsel Wilson suggested that the court could adopt the policy and appoint someone on a temporary basis until a individual dedicated to that position could be established into place.
Commissioner Court voted in favor of the policy and the naming of a public information officer as well. At this time all Public Information requests will be taken at the Maverick County Judges Office by an assistant.
Open records request do have certain requisites that must be followed by both sides of the request.
Judge Saucedo has stated that the issue has become a problem as more and more request for information have been coming in with some of them not following the open records request requirements. Appointing a Public Information Officer will assure that the request for information is done so in the correct manner and all legal statutes are followed.