Public Records Request

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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.

For detailed info about public records maintained by the City of Staunton, FOIA exemptions, and how we process requests, view our FAQs.

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.

FOIA Officers

The City has designated FOIA officers to process your requests for public records. The City's FOIA officers do not handle requests for court records, such as marriage license and deed information, or for the Treasurer and Commissioner of Revenue. Contact information to request those records is provided under Other FOIA Contacts below.

Requests for the City's public records can be sent 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

Other FOIA Contacts

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

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Thomas Roberts
113 E. Beverley St.
Staunton, VA 24401


Virginia’s 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).