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Public Records In Ohio

The Ohio Public Records Act is based on the idea that a working democracy can only be accomplished if citizens are able to oversee their government’s operations. Therefore, the law allows anyone to request access to public records.

Under the Ohio Public Records Act, a public record is any item kept by a public office that:

  • is stored on a fixed medium;
  • is created, received, or sent under the jurisdiction of a public office; and
  • documents the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the office.

The City of Elyria is committed to upholding both the letter and spirit of the Ohio Public Records Act. Therefore, the City will take the following actions:

  • Adopt and post a public records policy.
  • Organize and maintain its records in a way that allows access and inspection by the public.
  • Maintain a copy of its records retention schedule at a location easily accessible to the public.