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.
•Your FOIA Rights
•Making a Request for records from Smyth County
•Smyth County's Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request
•Types of Records
•Commonly Used Exemptions
•Policy Regarding the Use of Exemptions
FOIA Contact Information:
To request records from Smyth County, you may direct your request to Alicia Richardson, FOIA Officer at the Smyth County Administrator’s Office, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 100, Marion, VA, 24354. Phone: 276-706-8305, Fax: 276-783-9314 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call to verify receipt of your request. You may also contact the FOIA Officer with questions you have concerning requesting records from Smyth County. 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@example.com, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or [toll free] 1-866-448-4100.