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The Department of Public Relations is committed to providing easily accessible information to the public. Our office serves as the liaison between citizens, the media and Town departments.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), §2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

FOIA's purpose purpose is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

Requesting Public Records

You may request records by U.S. Mail, fax, e-mail, in person, or over the phone. FOIA does not require that your request be in writing, nor do you need to specifically state that you are requesting records under FOIA. Please note: From a practical perspective, it may be beneficial to create a written record of your request to provide a clear statement of the records you are requesting, as well as to avoid any misunderstanding over a verbal request. 

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More Information

The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council is a state agency that can answer any questions you may have about the FOIA process. The Council may be contacted by e-mail , or toll-free by phone at 1-866-448-4100.

The text of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act is available online, or we can provide you with a copy upon request.

Questions can also be directed to Melissa Powell, Director of Public Relations, at or by phone at (540) 382- 6128, ext.1150.