COVID-19 Update to Public Records Requests Under Governor's Proclamation’s and Related Legislation Per Governor Inslee's Proclamations and related Legislation, all public agencies must still respond to Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) requests during the
COVID 19 outbreak. However, in-person assistance, such as in-person inspection of records, and response times may be delayed.
Information Relating to Public Record Requests
Whitman County has implemented provisions of chapter 42.56 RCW relating to public records of the County through a formal policy on Requesting Public Records, POL-0415-HR. The purpose of that policy is to provide rules for the County to implement provisions of chapter 42.56 RCW and provide guidance to the public in obtaining access to public records, either for inspection or copying of non-exempt public records.
POL-0415-HR, Policy on Requesting Public Records, by which the County fulfills public records requests pursuant to RCW 42.56, may be viewed below:
This Whitman County Policy is not intended to provide rules for access to court documents as chapter 42.56 RCW does not apply to court documents. This policy is also not intended to provide rules regarding access to public records of the State of Washington or the federal government.
Making a Public Records Request
To make a public record request, individuals may fill out a Public Records Request Form and email or mail it to the Public Records Officer for the Department or Office wherein the particular records are located. Links to the form and to the list of Departments/Offices with the associated Public Records Officer and their contact information is below, as well as specific links for the Public Works Department and the Superior Court Clerk’s Office.