Public Records Requests
For assistance, or to make requests by letter, email, or phone, contact:
Public Records Officer
100 3rd Ave SE
Pacific, WA 98047
Telephone: (253) 929-1105
Fax: (253) 939-6026
To download the Public Disclosure Request form, click here.
Public Records requests must include:
You will receive a response within five business days as described below.
NOTE: Some public records are currently available on the City’s website at no cost. Examples include Council Meetings (current and past), Agendas, Minutes, Comprehensive Plan, and links to the Pacific Municipal Code.
The Public Records Officer will make records available for inspection and copying by appointment during normal business hours, excluding legal holidays. Requestors will not remove documents from the viewing area or disassemble or alter any document. The requestor will indicate which documents he or she wishes the City to copy.
Cost for Public Records
There is no fee for inspecting public records.
Payments by cash, check, or money order payable to “City of Pacific.”
For large requests, the City may:
Role of Public Records Officer
Response to Records Requests
Within five business days of receipt of the request, the Public Records Officer or designee will do one of the following:
If a requestor does not receive a response within five days, he or she should contact the Public Records Officer to determine the reason.
Some Records Exempt from Disclosure
The Public Records Act and other statutes, list types of documents (RCW 42.56) from public inspection and copying.
If only a portion of a record is exempt from disclosure, the Public Records Officer or designee will redact the exempt portions before providing the document.
If a requestor has not reviewed or claimed records within thirty days of notice that records are available or fails to make payment, the Public Records Officer may close the request.
If requested records contain information that may affect rights of others, before providing the records, the Public Records Officer or designee may give notice and allow time for action by the other parties.
After a request has been filled, if the Public Records Officer becomes aware of additional documents existing at the time of the request, these will be provided to the requestor on an expedited basis.
Requesting Review of Denials
A requestor may send a written petition to the Public Records Officer in order to have any disclosure denial reviewed. Such request will be promptly reviewed by the City Attorney who will advise the Public Records Officer of the appropriate interpretation of State law. Should the requestor disagree with the legal interpretation of State law, further appeal must be through available judicial remedies.
If the request is for police records, the request should be made to the Pacific Police Department, Attn: Stephanie Shook, 100 3rd Ave SE, Pacific, WA 98047 (253) 929-1158. The request should include the following:
If the request is for court records, the request should be made to the Pacific Municipal Court, Attn: Clerk of the Court, 100 3rd Ave SE, Pacific, WA 98047 (253) 929-1142.