Petitioner alleged that the Wilmington City Council held private meetings in violation of FOIA.
DECIDED: The petition has not formed a sufficient basis to determine whether City Council privately met in violation of FOIA.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the City of Wilmington’s cost estimate over-charged the hourly administrative fees, failed to waive all fees, and improperly delayed its cost estimate.
DECIDED: This Office found no basis to conclude that the City violated FOIA as alleged in the Petition.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the City of Newark violated FOIA by failing to timely respond to his request for application materials for proposed appointees to the City’s boards and commissions and by inappropriately redacting the application materials produced. The petition also alleged that the City’s new practice of allowing the nominating councilmember sole access to the appointees’ qualifications to vet the appointees to the City’s boards and commissions violates FOIA.
DECIDED: The City violated FOIA by failing to meet its burden of proof to justify its denial of access to the redacted information. No violations of FOIA were found regarding the remaining two issues.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Board of Education of the Sussex County Vocational – Technical School District violated FOIA by discussing substitute compensation in an executive session and voting under a catch-all heading in public session.
DECIDED: The Board violated FOIA by improperly discussing substitute compensation in executive session. No violation of FOIA was found regarding the vote under the catch-all heading.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Delaware Department of Agriculture improperly denied its request for two items related to avian flu outbreak in Delaware.
DECIDED: The Department failed to meet its burden to justify denial of these records under 29 Del. C. § 10002(o)(3), 29 Del. C. § 10002(o)(6), and the exception for working drafts.
Petitioner alleged that the City of Harrington Council’s Budget Committee improperly held a meeting discussing employee bonuses in violation of FOIA.
DECIDED: The City’s Budget Committee violated FOIA by holding a meeting about this matter without complying with open meeting requirements.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Department of Correction (“DOC”) improperly denied its requests for records related to the use of force and video footage.
DECIDED: DOC did not violate FOIA by denying access to the use of force records under the pending or potential litigation exemption and by declining to produce video footage polices that DOC staff attested did not exist.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Office of Auditor of Accounts (“AOA”) violated FOIA by improperly redacting the records responsive to his request.
DECIDED: AOA violated FOIA by failing to sufficiently justify the redactions in the responsive documents based on an exception for “working papers.”Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Town of Fenwick Island violated FOIA by not allowing certain members of the public speak during the comment period of a public hearing.
DECIDED: We find that the factual record does not support the violation alleged in the Petition.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the City of Wilmington improperly denied its requests for all police reports for accidents involving certain police officers between October 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021.
DECIDED: The City properly denied the request under 29 Del. C. § 10002(o)(3), and 29 Del. C. § 10002(o)(6).Read More