Public Records Request

All City of DeFuniak Springs records, unless exempted by state or federal law, are public records. “Public Records” means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other materials, made or received in connection with the official business of City of DeFuniak Springs. 

Florida Statute 119.01, referred to as the Florida Sunshine Law, governs the public’s right to inspect and obtain copies of public records. The Office of the Attorney General’s Government-In-The-Sunshine Manual contains additional helpful information, including summaries of what exemptions apply to public records requests. 

Anyone can request a public record in person, verbally over the telephone, in an email or in writing. You do not have to give your name or explain why you are making a request. There may be a cost associated with your request.  A cost estimate will be provided to you once your request has been received.  Once the request has been submitted and the research, preparation, and copying/scanning has been completed.  The cost estimate may be different than the actual cost that is charged.
  
Resources:   Government in the Sunshine Manual 2018 Edition

How to request Public Records

You may contact the Public Records' Custodian for your request.  The Custodian of Public Records for the City of DeFuniak Springs is City Clerk Loretta Laird. The City Clerk’s office is the location where the City’s public records are routinely created, sent, received, maintained and requested.
  • Location:   DeFuniak Springs City Hall, 71 US Hwy 90 West, DeFuniak Springs FL  32433
  • Phone:      850-892-8500 Ext 103
  • Email:        cityclerk@defuniaksprings.net
For Law Enforcement Public Records, please contact Charlotte Gunthrey
  • Location:  DeFuniak Springs Police Department, 355 US Hwy 90 East, DeFuniak Springs FL  32433
  • Phone:     850-892-8513 Ext 223
  • Email:      guthreycl@defuniakspringspolice.net

Information to include with your public records request

Information to include with your public records request.  Your request for public records should include:    
  • A clear concise description of the records that you are seeking.
  • Please avoid acronyms.
  • Email searches should include: Date range for the requested email messages Identify email accounts that should be searched Keywords to use during a search

In order for the city to provide you the best response to your request, please carefully consider the information that will be useful to you. Very broad requests can take longer to fulfill and may become costly. The requested information will be provided in a reasonable period of time under normal conditions, unless such information is considered to be confidential or exempt from public records disclosure. 

Please be aware that the City may not have copies of any and everything requested. Record retention laws differ for different record items. 

Also, please be aware that some requests may take more time to fulfill than others.  

The City will make every attempt to fulfill requests in a timely manner.