Dear Monmouth County,
This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
1. Copies and/or logs of all Monmouth County Division of Social Services Reception Incident Reports for the month of September 2017 for the Freehold Township and Ocean Township Social Services Buildings.
Clerk of the Board
County of Monmouth
The County of Monmouth received your Open Public Records Act
(“OPRA”) request on May 21, 2018. As such, the seven (7) business day
deadline to respond is May 31, 2018. Please be advised that your request
is in the process of review and a response will be forthcoming on or
before Friday, June 15, 2018.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to
contact our office. Thank you.
Office of Monmouth County Counsel
Hall of Records, Room 236
One East Main Street
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
Email: [email address]
Your OPRA request dated May 18, 2018, but received May 21, 2018, was
forwarded to me as Special County Counsel for response. The seventh
working day was May 31 but that time was extended until June 8, 2018.
Therefore, this response is timely.
Attached to this email are copies of a blank Social Services Reception
Incident Report and the Incident Reports for the Social Services Buildings
for the month of September 2017. Please be advised that information has
been redacted to protect the client’s identity and privacy N.J.S.A.
47:1A-1 requires the public agency to safeguard confidential personal
information from the general public where the individual has a reasonable
expectation of privacy. N.J.S.A. 47:1A-9 recognizes the grant of
confidentiality encompassed within other statutes and the constitutions,
both federal and state. See Tarus v. Borough of Pine Hill, 189 N.J. 497
(2007) (decided on the common law right of access to public meetings);
N.J.A.C. 10:87-1.14, N.J.A.C. 10:90-1.11, and N.J.A.C. 10:90-7.7; N.J.S.A.
2C:25-34. See also IRS regulations and HIPPA.
Because these documents are being transmitted electronically, there is no
Your last request for a statement from the Monmouth County Social Services
is not a valid OPRA request. It is not a request for a document or for
information. Instead, it is a demand for a concession.
If your request for access to a government record has been denied or
unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a
right to challenge the decision to deny access. At your option, you may
either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file
a complaint with the Government Records Council (“GRC”) by completing the
Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free
telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by
e-mail at [email address], or at their web site at
www.state.nj.us/grc. The Council can also answer other questions about the
law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be
directed to the Court Clerk in your County.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Very truly yours,
Patricia B. Quelch, Esq.
Special Monmouth County Counsel