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City of Wilmington Police Compensation Data opinion: July 27, 2012

City of Wilmington Police Compensation Data opinion: July 27, 2012

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Delaware AG's office says Wilmington Police compensation records are public and should be released.
Delaware AG's office says Wilmington Police compensation records are public and should be released.

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CIVILDIVISION(302)577-8400FAX(302)577-6630CRIMINALDIVISION(302)577-8500FAX(302)577-2496FRAUDDIVISION(302)577-8600FAX(302)577-6499TTY(302)577-5783
JOSEPH
R.
BIDEN,III
ATTORNEYGENERAL
DEPARTMENTOFJUSTICE
NEWCASTLECOUNTY820NORTHFRENCHSTREETWILMINGTON,DELAWARE19801
OFFICEOFTHEATTORNEYGENERALOFTHESTATEOFDELAWARENo.12-IIB10July27,2012REQUESTEDBY:Mr.AndrewStaubReporterTheNewsJournalP.O,Box15505Wilmington,DE19850OPINIONBY:KentWalker,DeputyAttorneyGeneralDelawareDepartmentofJusticeandIanR,McConnel,StateSolicitorDelawareDepartmentofJusticeRe:FOIAPetitionagainsttheCityofWilmington-TheNewsJournalRequestforCityofWilmingtonPoliceCompensationRecordsDearMr.Staub:ThisOfficereceivedyouremailregardingtheexclusionofthenamesofsomecitypoliceofficersfromthecityemployeesalarydataprovidedtoyoubytheCityofWilmington.WearetreatingyourcomplaintasapetitiontotheAttorneyGeneralforadeterminationastowhetherthedenialofthatinformationviolatedtheDelawareFreedomofInformationAct("FOIA")29Del.C.ch.100.Pursuantto29Del.C,
§
10005(e),weforwardedyouremailtotheCityofWilmingtonanditslegalcounselfortheirresponse,TheCitySolicitorrepliedthatprovidingthenamesof
 
lawenforcementofficersandtheircompensationwouldviolate11Del.
C.
§9202("Section9202")andthat,accordingly,thoserecordsareexemptfr0111disclosureunder29
Del,
C.§I0002(g)(6),because
they
arespecificallyexemptedfrompublicdisclosurebystatute.
LEGALAUTHORITIES
ThelegalauthoritiesrelevanttoFOIAandyourpetitionarethefollowing:PublicRecordsDefinedandDutytoDisclose"Publicrecord"isinformationofanykind,owned,made,used,retained,received,produced,composed,draftedorotherwisecompiledorcollected,byanypublicbody,relatinginanywaytopublicbusiness,orinanywayofpublicinterest,orinanywayrelatedtopublicpurposes,regardlessofthephysicalformorcharacteristicbywhichsuchinformationisstored,recordedorreproduced.29Del.C.
§
10002(g).FOIArequiresthat
1I[a]11
publicrecordsshallbeopenforinspectionandcopyingbyanycitizenoftheStateduringregularbusinesshoursbythecustodianoftherecordsfortheappropriatepublicbody."29Del.C.§10003(a).EXc::l1112tionsromDefinitionofPublicRecordsFOIAexemptsfromthedefinitionofPublicRecordanditsdutytodisclose"[a[nypersonnel,medicalorpupilfile,thedisclosureofwhichwouldconstituteaninvasionofpersonalprivacy,underthislegislationorunderanyStateorfederallawasitrelatestopersonalprivacy,"29DeLC,
§
10002(g)(1),FOIAalsoexempts"[a]11Yrecordsspecificallyexemptedfrompublicdisclosurebystatuteorcommonlaw,"29
Del.
C.
§
l0002(g)(6),Th
y
J3_urdcnofJustifyingWithholdingRecordsisontheCustodian,"Inanyactionbroughtunderthisact,theburdenofproofisonthecustodianofrecordstojustifythedenialofaccesstorecords.29DeL
C.
§
I0005(c).Thisallocationoftheburdenofproofunderscoresthebasicpublicpolicythatdisclosure,notsecrecy,isthepurposebehindtheact,.,,",
Guyv,JudicialNominatingComm'n,
659A.2d
777,78]
(DeLSuper.1995).
2
 
ExemptionsMustbeNarrowlyConstruedinFavorofDisclosure.FOIAprovidesinitsdeclarationoflegislativeintentthat:"...
it
isvitalthat[thepublic]haveeasyaccesstopublicrecordsinorderthatsocietyremainfreeanddemocratic.Towardstheseends,andtofurthertheaccountabilityofgovernmenttothe[public],thischapterisadopted,andshallbeconstrued."29Del.C.
§
10001.Inordertocomplywiththatstatementoflegislativepurpose,therightsf!OIAcreatesarebroadlyconstrued,whiletheexceptionstothoserightsareconstruednarrowly.
See
AlII.
CivilLibertiesUnionofDel.v.Danberg,
2007LEXIS61,at*4,2007WL901592,(Del.Super.March15,2(07);
seealso,
Att'y
Gen.Op
No.10-1801,2010Del.AGLEXIS1,January22,2010.WhenconsideringtwopossibleinterpretationsofFOJA,wemustfavordisclosure.
See
Layfield
v.Hastings,
1995LEXIS82,1995WL419966(Del.Ch.July10,1995);
Aft)Gen.Op
No.10-1806,2010Del.AGLEXIS6,luly15,2010."Personne.!Files"ExemptiondocsnotExemptSalaryandNon-SalaryCompensationRecordsInalonglineofopinions,thisOfficehasdeterminedthatFOIA"spersonnelfileexemptiondoesnotexemptthenames,jobclassifications,andsalariesofpublicemployeesbecausedisclosurewouldnot"constituteaninvasionofpersonalprivacy."29Dcl.C.
§
10002(g)(1);
Att'yGen.Op.
3W-077(Aug.4,1977);
At(vGen.Op.
3W-023(Mar.10,1978);
Au)Gen.Op,
02-IB24(Oct.1,20(2);
Att'yGen.Op.
No.06-1B11,2006Del.AGLEXIS9,May31,2006.In
GannettCo.v.ColonialSchoo/District',
theSuperiorCourtagreed,holdingthatthesalariesofpublicemployeeswerepublicinformationunderFOTA.TheCourtstatedthat"[ajlthoughsomemightfeelthattheamountoftheirsalaryispersonal,itisgenerallyrecognized
"Civ,
A.No.82M-DE-26,1983LEXIS791at*1,1983WL473048(Del.Super.,Aug.19,1983)(Balick,J.).3

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