Although no specific language is required to make a request for public records, the requester must at least identify the records requested with sufficient clarity to allow the City to identify, retrieve, and review the records. If it is not clear what records are being sought, the records custodian must contact the requester for clarification, and should assist the requester in revising the request by informing the requester of the manner in which the office keeps its public records.
The requester does not have to submit a records request in writing, and does not have to provide his or her identity or the intended use of the requested public record. It is the City of Dayton’s policy that this information is not generally to be requested. However, the law does permit the records custodian to ask for a written request, the requester's identity, and/or the intended use of the information requested, but only (1) if a written request or disclosure of identity or intended use would benefit the requester by enhancing the ability to identify, locate, or deliver the public records that have been requested; and (2) after informing the requester that a written request is not required and that the requester may decline to reveal the requester’s identity or intended use.
In processing the request, the City does not have an obligation to create new records or perform new analysis of existing information. An electronic record is deemed to exist so long as a computer is already programmed to produce the record through simple sorting, filtering, or querying. Although not required by law, the City of Dayton may accommodate the requester by generating new records when it makes sense and is practical under the circumstances.