The Office of Open Records Counsel is located within the Comptroller of the Treasury. The mission of the Comptroller’s Office is to improve the quality of life for all Tennesseans by making government work better.
The Office of Open Records Counsel serves as the contact for concerns on access to local government public records under the Tennessee Public Records Act (Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 10-7-501 et seq.). The Office assists in obtaining public records from local government, both in guiding citizens to correct offices/officials and in working to resolve disputes regarding access to public records. The Office promotes education and awareness of the Tennessee public records and open meetings laws through direct outreach and through coordination with existing organizations. This effort is addressed both to citizens and to local governments.
The responsibilities of the Office include: answering questions and providing information to public officials and the public regarding public records; collecting data on open meetings law inquires and problems; providing educational outreach on open records laws and open meetings laws; issuing informal advisory opinions on open records issues; informally mediating and assisting with the resolution of issues concerning records; working in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Open Government on open meetings and open records issues; and developing forms, schedule, policies, and guidelines. The Office is not the records custodian for the State or for local governments, and the Office does not serve as a clearing house for record requests.
The Office is staffed by Open Records Counsel: Ann Butterworth