FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has been without a Records Access Officer since the start of the new year.
But the Sisitsky administration could have a records access officer as part of the team by the end of the month.
Chief of Staff Susan Nicholl said “we have made an offer to an exciting applicant, whom we expect will start work for the city by the end of the month.”
“There were a number of strong applicants, and it was terrific to see the level of interest in performing this function, which is so critical to Mayor Sisitsky’s goal of having a responsive and transparent government.,” said Nicholl to SOURCE today, February 14.
Former Records Access Officer Todd Palmer was part of former mayor Yvonne Spicer’s team, and was not asked to stay on when the administrations changed on January 1.
Palmer refused to go before the City Council to discuss public records access and transparency during his tenure.
The Public Records Access Officer performs a wide range of activities related to document collection, review, and production, particularly focusing on compliance with the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. c. 66) and its attendant regulation
Essential functions of the Records Access officer includes:
Complying with the duties of a Records Access Officer pursuant to the Public Records Law;
• Responding to public records requests in accordance with the Public Records Law by collecting relevant materials, evaluating legal issues, and issuing responses;
• Maintaining databases and tracking systems to provide current accurate information on Public Records Requests; • Appropriately directing and facilitating certain inquiries made to the public records team;
• Conducting document redactions to public records exempt under (M.G.L. c. 4, s. 7(26));
• Performing other document collection, review, and production work as needed and assigned;
• Assisting with social media and providing backup coverage for Public Information Officer.