A “for-profit” company in Tennessee has filed a public records request with Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills for 10 years worth of jail book-in photos and copies of uncashed commissary checks. Similar requests were made throughout the state. Mills has not complied with the request and has since been sued by the company, and now he wants the Floyd County Commissioners to consider an ordinance that would limit such requests in the future from for-profit companies looking to make money from public records — at the county’s expense.
“That would take a lot of man hours and we are already short-staffed,” Mills said of compiling the information requested. “I always follow state statute and grant public records request to anyone who wants them. But I don’t think public records should be used for financial gain.”
Should it matter who is requesting the data?