Lincoln County, North Carolina
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Joann Hager of Tri-County Animal Rescue in Lincoln County filed requests for documents under the North Carolina Public Records Law, but was refused by the city board of commissioners. After a legal battle lasting over a year, Hager finally received the documents she had asked for. “I feel vindicated. It took over 18 months to receive copies of documents. I feel it will be a victory for the residents of Lincoln County if processes are changed and new procedures are developed to store/maintain public records. Public documents were destroyed and the board of commissioners admitted to this,” she said. "Despite her victory, the outcome is not a total win-win, Hager said. 'That's my tax dollars being spent too. It was worth it if they change their procedures and public policies.'"
In an effort to not create public records of suspensions, demotions and dismissals public, the new Lincoln Sheriff David Carpenter has said he's going to continue the department's tradition of verbal firings. The office has not recorded a dismissal since 2005.
- Tax Department
- Citizen Wins FOI Battle With Lincoln County, News at Norman, January 21, 2009
- Animal activists wins public record lawsuit against county (dead link), Gaston Gazette, January 22, 2009
- Charlotte Observer, Lincoln County sheriff finds end-run around records law, Dec. 13, 2010 (dead link)