Baraboo, Wisconsin

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Baraboo is a city in Wisconsin.

Public Records

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council performed an audit of compliance with the Wisconsin Open Records Law in 2008. 3 in 10 of the requests submitted were found to be ignored or responded to in violation of state law.

There was much confusion over the public records request in Baraboo. First a receptionist in the Mayor's office wanted to know who was making the request and why they were making it. Both of those questions are prohibited by state law. Then there was confusion as to which Mayor's e-mails were being requested, as the request was made during a transition period after the resignation of Mayor Russell Will. Eventually the requested e-mails were provided, according to City Attorney Mark Reitz. "Why that didn't make it into their report, I don't know the answer to that. But I do know (the city administrator) sent down his e-mails for them to look at."[1]


  1. Records requests met with mixed results, Baraboo News Republic, November 20, 2008