The Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of the Town of Farmville Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
A public record is any writing or recording – regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format – that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.
The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.
Click here for additional information about:
- Your FOIA rights
- Contact information for the local FOIA officer
- Making a request for records from the Town of Farmville
- The Town’s responsibilities in responding to your request
- List of public records maintained by the Town
- Local policy about public records that are routinely withheld
- Description of exemptions that allow public records be withheld
- Statement regarding reasonable charges
To properly complete your request for any Town of Farmville records, we ask that you complete and submit the Town’s Freedom of Information & Privacy Protection Form (PDF). All request for information must be directed to:
Clerk of Council / Assistant to the Town Manager
PO Drawer 368
Farmville, VA 23901
(434)392-5686 – Phone
(434)392-3160 – Fax
In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by e-mail at [email protected].va.us, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or toll free 1-866-448-4100.