All title range changes 2019 public works, recreation, and senior services

Hamilton Township (Mercer) did not have the information requested.

KennyIsAToolbag

Dear Hamilton Township (Mercer),

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested:

All title range changes 2019 public works, recreation, and senior services to include name of employee, prior title, promoted to title along with the salary prior and after.

Yours faithfully,

KennyIsAToolbag

Hamilton Township (Mercer)

August 2, 2019
Via email only: [OPRAmachine – KennyIsAToolbag]

Re: July 25, 2019 OPRA request from Anonymous (#19-1337)
Dear Anonymous:
I received the above-referenced request (the “Request”) under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. (“OPRA”) and the common-law right of access on July 25, 2019. In the Request, you seek:
All title range changes 2019 public works, recreation, and senior services to include name of employee, prior title, promoted to title along with the salary prior and after.
An OPRA request must identify the documents sought with specificity and particularity. Burke v. Brandes, 429 N.J. Super. 169, 175 (App. Div. 2012). A general request for documents is invalid under OPRA if such documents are not “reasonably described with such identifying information” sufficient to identify specific government records. See id. at 176-77. Moreover, “OPRA does not require record custodians to conduct research among its records for a requestor and correlate data from various government records in the custodian’s possession.” MAG Entertainment, LLC v. Div. of ABC, 375 N.J. Super. 534, 546-47 (App. Div. 2005).
OPRA is not a research tool, and it cannot be used “to force government officials to identify and siphon useful information.” See id. at 546. Rather, OPRA simply operates “to make identifiable government records “readily accessible for inspection, copying, or examination.” Ibid. (citing N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1). Furthermore, OPRA does not “authorize a party to make a blanket request for every document a public agency has on file.” Bent v. Twp. of Stafford Police Dep't, Custodian of Records, 381 N.J. Super. 30, 37 (App. Div. 2005).
In light of the authorities cited above, I must deny the Request in its entirety since you have failed to identify any specific records and have made an invalid request for information. See also Richardson v. NJ Office of the Attorney General, GRC Complaint No. 2014-277 (June 2015) (affirming denial of a request for “[t]otal number of all promotions, title changes, and salary adjustments given within the Office of the Attorney General[.]”).

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