FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulates and sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by public bodies within the state of Michigan. A public record is a writing prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by a public body in the performance of an official function, from the time it is created. In general, all records except those cited as exceptions are covered by FOIA.
The Ionia County Board of Commissioners has adopted FOIA Procedures and Guidelines to direct how FOIA Requests are handled at the County. Also provided for the public is a FOIA Public Summary of Procedures and Guidelines, which is a shorter, summarized version of the complete Procedures and Guidelines document.
Submitting a FOIA Request
FOIA requests may be submitted by mail, fax, email or hand delivery. To assist you with your request, and to ensure an efficient response time, please use this FOIA Request for Information Form .
For requests of records held by the Ionia County Sheriff, please submit your request in one of the following ways:
*Mailing Address: Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, FOIA Coordinator, 133 E. Adams St., Ionia, MI 48846
For requests of records held by Ionia County Central Dispatch, please submit your request in one of the following ways:
*Mailing Address: Ionia County Central Dispatch, FOIA Coordinator, 545 Apple Tree Drive, Ionia, MI 48846
For all other requests of records, please submit your request in one of the following ways:
*Mailing Address: Ionia County Administration Office, FOIA Coordinator, 3rd Floor – Courthouse, 100 W. Main St., Ionia, MI 48846
PLEASE NOTE: If your request was sent by email and you have not received a reply or notice of receipt within five (5) business days, please contact County Administration 616-527-5300 to ensure that your request has been received.
FOIA Forms as Cited in Section 11 of FOIA Procedures and Guidelines:
- Request for Public Records Form
- Notice to Extend Response Time Form
- Notice of Denial Form
- Fee Calculation Form
- Appeal of Denial of Records Form
- Appeal of Excess Fee Form