It is the policy of Livingston
County that all persons, except those incarcerated, consistent with the
Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), are entitled to full and complete
information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those
who represent them as public officials and employees. The people shall be
informed so that they fully participate in the democratic process.
The County’s policy with
respect to FOIA requests is to comply with State law in all respects and to
respond to FOIA requests in a consistent, fair, and even-handed manner
regardless of who makes such a request.
The County acknowledges that
it has a legal obligation to disclose all nonexempt public records in its
possession pursuant to a FOIA request.
The County acknowledges that sometimes it is necessary to invoke the
exemptions identified under FOIA in order to ensure the effective operation of
government and to protect the privacy of individuals.
Livingston County will protect
the public's interest in disclosure, while balancing the requirement to
withhold or redact portions of certain records. The County’s policy is to
disclose public records consistent with and in compliance with State law.
Note: The Livingston County Courts, as well as the County Clerk
and Employees when acting as the Clerk of the Circuit Court, are Exempt from
requests for information made under FOIA.
FOIA Procedure Documents:
Livingston County FOIA Procedures and Guidelines
Livingston County FOIA Policy
Michigan's Freedom of Information Act
FOIA Request Form
FOIA Appeal of Denial of Records
FOIA Appeal of Excess Fee
The above forms can be scanned and emailed to the County Clerk
at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 517.546.4354.