Delaware Department of Justice
Attorney General
Kathy Jennings

21 – IB08 04/21/2021 FOIA Opinion Letter to Ameera Shaheed re: FOIA Complaint Concerning City of Wilmington

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Attorney General Opinion No. 21-IB08

April 21, 2021



Ameera Shaheed

RE:     FOIA Petition Regarding the City of Wilmington

Dear Ameera Shaheed:

We write in response to your correspondence alleging that the City of Wilmington violated Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act, 29 Del. C. §§ 10001-10007 (“FOIA”). We treat your correspondence as a Petition for a determination pursuant to 29 Del. C. § 10005 regarding whether a violation of FOIA has occurred or is about to occur. As discussed herein, we determine that the City did not violate FOIA.

On January 25, 2021, you submitted a request through the City’s online portal for various records related to parking and traffic citations. You then filed a Petition with this Office, which was received on March 23, 2021, alleging the statutory deadline passed without a response from the City. The City’s counsel replied on the City’s behalf on March 24, 2021 (“Response”), stating it did respond to your request in a timely fashion. The City’s Response enclosed records demonstrating that the City emailed its response to your request on February 3, 2021, providing multiple records.

FOIA requires a public body to respond to a FOIA request within fifteen business days or if the request involves archived or voluminous records or requires legal advice, to advise additional time is needed and estimate the time needed to provide a response.[1] As the City provided a response to your request less than fifteen business days after receipt, we find that the City did not violate FOIA as alleged.


Very truly yours,

/s/ Dorey L. Cole
Dorey L. Cole
Deputy Attorney General



/s/ Aaron R. Goldstein
Aaron R. Goldstein
State Solicitor

cc:        John D. Hawley, Assistant City Solicitor, City of Wilmington (via email)

[1]           29 Del. C. § 10003(h).



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