|Legal Opinion: Open Records and Mayor's Personal Info public_2017.doc|
Text of Document: Dear City Recorder,
To follow-up on our conversation this morning, I think that the contact information for the council members is public information if it is maintained. You indicated during our conversation that the council members are not compensated. As such, I do not think that they can be considered "public employees" whose information is protected pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-504(f). I do however suggest that you consider whether or not you want to continue to provide this particular information over the phone. You might want to consider the following:
1. requiring requestors make formal written requests for the information if they want a copy or if they just want to inspect, have the requestors come into the office during normal business hours to do so; and
2. requiring that whether the request is for a copy of for inspection, each requestor present a government issued photo id that includes an address in order to obtain the information.
By doing these things, you will have a record of the individual who is requesting this information.
Please let me know if you have other questions.
Elisha D. Hodge
Open Records Counsel