Public Records Requests

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The City Clerk is designated as the public records officer for the City of Wenatchee. The City Clerk shall be the person to whom members of the public many direct requests for disclosure of public records of the City of Wenatchee and who will oversee the City of Wenatchee’s compliance with the public records disclosure requirements of the public disclosure laws of the State of Washington as now or hereafter amended (See RCW 42.56 and Wenatchee City Code Chapter 1.90 Requests for Public Records).

NEW!! The City has implemented a new online Public Records Request Portal to make the request process more efficient. To get started with your online request simply access the online Public Records Request Portal, create your account, and submit your request.  *** PLEASE NOTE: THE WENATCHEE POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT ACCEPT ONLINE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS THROUGH THE ONLINE PORTAL. PLEASE CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY – SEE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW. ***

Requesters may also submit a request on the City of Wenatchee’s Public Records Request form (PDF), by mail, fax or email to:

To the City Clerk’s Office at:
City Clerk
129 South Chelan
P.O. Box 519
Wenatchee, WA 98807-0519
Email: cityclerk@wenatcheewa.gov
Phone: (509) 888-6204
Fax: (509) 888-3636

To the Wenatchee Police Department at:
Wenatchee Police Department
Attn: Records
140 South Mission
P.O. Box 519
Wenatchee, WA 98807-0519
Phone: (509) 888-4200
Fax: (509) 888-4219

Within five business days after receiving a request, the City must either:

1. Provide the record(s);

2. Acknowledge the request and provide a reasonable estimate of how long it will take to fully respond to the request (and if the request is not clear, the City may ask for clarification of the request).

3. Deny the request in writing, with reasons for the denial (this could also include a partial denial of the request). The City must provide the specific exemption or other law it relies on for the denial.

Fees
Cities are not allowed to charge for the staff time spent in locating a public record, or for making a record available for inspection. The City of Wenatchee charges $0.15 per page for photocopying, as well as the actual cost for mailing records. If the City has to pay an outside vendor for making duplicates of records such as photographs, blueprints or tape recordings, the City will pass those costs on to the requester. RCW 42.56.070(7) and (8), and RCW 42.56.120.