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Public Records: Freedom of Information Act

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.

Your FOIA Rights

  • You have the right to request to inspect or receive copies of public records, or both.
  • You have the right to request that any charges for the requested records be estimated in advance.
  • If you believe that your FOIA rights have been violated, you may file a petition in district or circuit court to compel compliance with FOIA.  Alternatively, you may contact the FOIA Council for a nonbinding advisory opinion.
For detailed info about public records maintained by the City, FOIA exemptions, and how we process requests, please download our FAQs.

FOIA Officers

The City has designated FOIA officers to process your requests for public records. Please direct requests to:

Ruth Jones Turner, Communications Manager
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402

In her absence, please contact:

Steven L. Rosenberg, Deputy City Manager
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402

For inquiries specific to the Treasurer or the Commissioner of Revenue, please contact the following:

Treasurer's Office
Rick Johnson, Treasurer
P.O. Box 474
Staunton, VA 24402

Commissioner of Revenue's Office
Maggie Ragon, Commissioner of Revenue
P.O. Box 4
Staunton, VA 24402

Also, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA.  The Council may be contacted by e-mail at, or at 804.225.3056 or 1.866.448.4100 (toll-free).

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