Open Records Requests Skyrocket in Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The number of open records requests in the Tall City has skyrocketed.

The City Attorney's Office has been processing a flood of them over the last few years.

They say the requests are filed for police reports of burglaries and other crimes as well as insurance reports and anyone requesting information from the government.

Midland first started taking requests back in 1998 with only 82 requests that year.

By the end of 2009, they had more than 1,500.
More than 1,300 requests have already been filed this year.

"We were doing maybe 100, 200 a year and then about four years ago it jumped up to 1,000 in just one year, and I went from working on a lot of other projects to this is all I do," Midland Paralegal, Tammi Casey, said.

The City Attorney's Office said sometimes they receive 22 requests in a single day.

Even though the office isn't allowed to ask what the requests are for, they say they are happy that Midlanders have shown such a spike in interest.