The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located at §2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media, access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
A public record is any writing or recording regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format this is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of, a public body or its officers, employees, or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.
Freedom of Information Act requests are processed by the County Administrator’s Office in a manner and timeframe as established by Virginia Code. Freedom of Information Act requests may be submitted by filling out the Greene County Information Request Form and submitting it to the Administrator’s Office via fax, email, U.S. Mail Service, or hand delivery.
The designated FOIA Officer for Greene County is:
John C. Barkley, County Administrator
40 Celt Road
P. O. Box 358
Stanardsville, VA 22973
(434) 985-5201 (phone)
(434) 985-3705 (fax)
FOIA Request Policy
Greene County will make every effort to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act as outlined, with reasonable reimbursement for time and materials.
Copies of documents will be provided at a cost of 25¢ per page when the material is readily available. If staff time is required for research, an administrative fee of $20.00 per hour will be charged for research time involved with a minimum charge of $20.00 for the first hour or any part thereof.
In addition, there will be a fee of Five Dollars ($5.00) for information provided on a compact disc (CD) plus any administrative fee applicable.
Copies of bound materials will be charged the duplicating cost by an outside contractor plus any administrative fee applicable.
This policy is subject to change based on any increases in costs incurred by Greene County.