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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 requests for public records. Please contact one of the following with your request:

General Records Requests

General requests for the City's public records can be sent to:

Ruth Jones Turner, Communications Manager
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402
540.332.3838
Email: turnerrj@ci.staunton.va.us

In her absence, please contact:

Steven L. Rosenberg, Deputy City Manager
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402
540.332.3812
Email: rosenbergsl@ci.staunton.va.us

Birth & Death Records

The Division of Vital Records at the Virginia Department of Health maintains birth and death records from 1912 to present. Please contact a representative by calling 804.662.6200 or visit their website for more information.

Marriage & Land Records

Please send requests to:

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Thomas Roberts
113 E. Beverley St.
Staunton, VA 24401
540.332.3874
Email: robertste@ci.staunton.va.us

Police Records

Please send requests to:

Staunton Police Department
Captain Leslie Miller
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402
540.332.3845
Email: millerla@ci.staunton.va.us

Tax & Business Records

Please send requests to:

Commissioner of Revenue's Office
Maggie Ragon, Commissioner of Revenue
P.O. Box 4
Staunton, VA 24402
540.332.3839
Email: ragonma@ci.staunton.va.us

Treasurer's Office
Rick Johnson, Treasurer
P.O. Box 474
Staunton, VA 24402
540.332.3833
Email: johnsonrr@ci.staunton.va.us

Questions?

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 foiacouncil@dls.virginia.gov, or at 804.225.3056 or 1.866.448.4100.