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In accordance with state law (RCW chapter 42.56) and county code, the public has the right to access records concerning the conduct of government (except for some exemptions set forth by state law). The public records law is mindful of providing this access while also protecting individuals' privacy rights and promoting the efficient administration of government.  Many public records are available online free of charge. Some of these records include:

For purposes of the Public Records Act, by ordinance King County has divided itself into nine separate agencies.  Please contact the agency below to which you wish to make a public records request.

Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch includes the County Council, the Clerk of the Council, the County Auditor, the Office of Ombuds, King County Television, the Office of Hearing Examiner, and the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.

Janet Masuo is the public records officer for the Legislative Branch.  To make a records request to the Legislative Branch, please contact:

 

Janet Masuo at Clerk.council@kingcounty.gov

 

Clerk of the Council’s Office
Metropolitan King County Council
King County Courthouse

516 Third Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA  98104

(206)  477-1023

(206)  296-0198 fax

 

For requests seeking records from the Office of the Ombuds, you may also contact:

 

Trang Tran at Ombuds.PRA@kingcounty.gov


710 Second Avenue, Suite 790
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 477-1050

(206) 296-0948 fax

You may also submit your request to the King County Council using the form below:

 * Items marked with an asterisk are required.

*Your name:

*E-mail address:

*Street address:

Street address:

*City:

*State:

*Zip Code:

Clear and specific description of records request:

Within five business days of receipt of a request, the public records officer shall do one or more of the following:

  • make the records available to the requestor for inspection or copying;
  • send copies to the requestor, if copies are requested and payment terms of payment are agreed upon,
  • if copies are not immediately available, provide the requestor a reasonable estimate of when the records will be available;
  • request clarification from the requestor, if the request is unclear or does not sufficiently identify the requested records. The clarification may be requested and provided by telephone, in which case the public records officer shall make a written record of the clarification. Based on the clarification, the public records officer may revise the estimate of when records will be available. If the requestor fails to clarify the request, the agency need not respond to it.

· deny the request and notify the requestor of the denial, including a written statement of the specific reasons for the denial

All records will be released if they do not fall within the specific exemptions of the Public Records Act or other statutes which exempt or prohibit disclosure of specific information or records. Possible bases for exemption may be found in chapter 42.56 RCW, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=42.56, or at MRSC, http://www.mrsc.org/Publications/pra09.pdf#page=77.

The Public Records Officer will describe why each withheld record or redacted portion of a record is exempt from disclosure.

  • There is no fee for inspecting public records.
  • Paper copies are 15 cents per page.
  • Scanned copies are 10 cents per page.
  • Electronic files transmitted electronically are 5 cents per each four electronic files or attachment.
  • Transmission of electronic records is 10 cents per gigabite.
  • Digital storage media or device provided by the legislative branch will incur actual cost.
  • Shipping costs and packaging to ship will incur actual cost.
  • A deposit of up to 10 percent of the estimated costs of copying all the records selected by the requestor may be required.
  • Fees for customized services may be imposed if additional information technology is needed to prepare data compilations or provide customized electronic access services.

Payments must be made payable to the King County Treasury.
Cash, checks, and money orders are currently the only accepted forms of payment.

Lists of Individuals for Commercial Purposes - Lists of individuals requested for commercial purposes may not be provided, because this is prohibited by state law (RCW 42.56.070 (9)).

 

Third Party Notification – In the event that the requested records contain information that may affect the rights of others and may be exempt from disclosure, the Public Records Officer in accordance with RCW 42.56.540 may, prior to providing the records, give notice to such others whose rights may be affected by the disclosure, including providing a copy of the request.

Later discovered documents – In the event additional responsive records are discovered that existed at the time the request was made, the requestor will be promptly notified by the Public Records Officer and provided an opportunity to review the records and request copies..

Withdrawn or abandoned requests – When the requester either withdraws the request or fails to fulfill his or her obligations to inspect the records, pay the deposit or make final payment within thirty days for the requested copies, the Public Records Officer will close the request and notify the requester the request has been closed.

A requestor may submit a written request petitioning the review of any denied record to:

Chief of Staff
1200 King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-1000

The appeals officer will provide the requestor with a written response.

Personnel Board

Janet Masuo is the public records officer for the Personnel Board.  To make a records request to the Personnel Board, please contact:

 

Janet Masuo at Clerk.council@kingcounty.gov

 

Clerk of the Council’s Office
Metropolitan King County Council
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA  98104

(206)  477-1023

(206)  296-0198 fax


Board of Appeals

Janet Masuo is the public records officer for the Board of Appeals.  To make a records request to the Board of Appeals, please contact:

 

Janet Masuo at Clerk.council@kingcounty.gov

 

Clerk of the Council’s Office
Metropolitan King County Council
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA  98104
(206)  477-1023

(206)  296-0198 fax



Forecast Council and Office of Economic and Financial Analysis (OEFA)

Janet Masuo is the public records officer for the OEFA.  To make a request to the OEFA, please contact:

 

Janet Masuo at Clerk.council@kingcounty.gov

 

Clerk of the Council’s Office
Metropolitan King County Council
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA  98104

(206)  477-1023

(206)  296-0198 fax


Executive Branch

Shelby Miklethun is the public records officer for the Executive Branch.  To make a request to the Executive Branch, please email:

           Pra.requests@kingcounty.gov

Public Records Program
500 Fourth Avenue Suite 320  (Until July)
Seattle, WA  98104
(206)  263-2250

(206)  296-0949 fax


Sheriff

Kimberly Petty is the public records officer for the Sheriff’s Office.  To make a request to the Sheriff’s Office, please contact:

           kcsodisclosure@kingcounty.gov

King County Sheriff
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room W-150
Seattle, WA  98104
(206)  263-2103

(206)  296-0168 fax


Prosecutor

Kristie Johnson is the public records officer for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO).  To make a request to the PAO, please contact:

           paopublicdisclosure@kingcounty.gov

Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue W-400
Seattle, WA  98104

(206)  477-3296

(206) 296-0191


Assessor

Al Dams is the public records officer for the Department of.  To make a request to the Department of Assessments, please contact

           Al.dams@kingcounty.gov

Department of Assessments
King Street Center
201 S. Jackson St. Room 708
Seattle, WA  98104
(206)  263-2345

(206)  296-0595 fax


Elections

Devon Lang is the public records officer for Elections.  To make a request to Elections, please contact:

           Election.services@kingcounty.gov

Election Services
King County Elections
919 Southwest Grady Way
Renton, WA  98057-2906
(206)  296-1565

(206)  296-0108 fax

 


Contact the Council
Main phone:
206-477-1000
TTY/TDD:
206-296-1024
General Inquiries:
council@kingcounty.gov
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