Open Records Request

DeKalb County considers access to public records of paramount importance.  After the county receives a request for public records, the department which the request is addressed has three (3) business days to determine whether records are in that department’s custody and whether the records are subject to disclosure under the Georgia Open Records Act as amended in 2012 (O.C.G.A 50-18-70-75 et al).  A response must be made within three business days to the individual who requested the records, even if the records will take longer than that to produce. Residents who request records but there are no responsive documents that exist should get a response stating such within three business days.

Unless the requested records are exempt from production requirements of the ORA, inspection or copying of the requested records must be permitted.

In most cases, the custodian of records is the director or a deputy director of the department in which the records are kept.  The Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Commissioners are not the custodians of all county public records.  Rather, an elected official is the custodian of only those county public records prepared or maintained in that official’s office.  All county public records should be sought from the appropriate custodian. 

The Georgia Open Records Act does not require the creation of records, reports, summaries or compilations not already in existence at the time of the request.

If the estimated cost to respond is over $25, the department must notify the requestor of the estimated amount within three business days of receiving the request, but is not required to begin retrieving documents until the requestor agrees to pay the estimated cost.  If the estimated cost is over $500, the department will not begin retrieving documents until the requestor pays the estimated costs.  A department can charge no more than 10 cents per page for copies of letter/legal size documents, and actual cost for copies of other- sized documents.  The labor rate for search, retrieval, redaction, and production will be the hourly rate of the lowest-paid employee who is qualified to fulfill the request.  There will be no charge for the first 15 minutes an employee works on a request. 


To submit an Open Records Request, please email the department listed below. 

Animal Services Budget CEO's Office
  Tanikia Jackson Andrew Cauthen
(404) 294-3080 (404) 371-2747 (404) 371-2806


Child Advocacy Code Enforcement Communicaitons
Tereshia Huffman Tonza Clark Andrew Cauthen
(404) 294-2335 (404) 371-6379 (404) 371- 2806


COO's Office  DCTV DeKalb Emergency Management
Zach Williams Diamond Lewis Sue Loeffler
(404) 371-2174 (404) 371-2083 (678) 406-7748


E-911  Facilities Management Finance
Myesha Brown Clyde Stovall Dianne McNabb
(678)-406-7833 (404) 576-0210 (404) 371-2745


Fire Department Fleet Maintenance GIS
Addie Hention Robert Gordon Stacy Grear
(678) 406-7755 (404) 297-3280 (404) 371-2812


Human Resources Human Services Innovation and Technology
  Damon Scott John Matelski

(404) 371-2332 or (404) 371- 2334

(404) 687-2385 (404) 371-6210


Keep DeKalb Beautiful Library Medical Examiner
Gordon Burkette Allison Weissinger Mark Anglin
(404) 294-3072 (404) 508-7190 ext 2227 (404) 508-3527


Peachtree DeKalb Airport Planning & Sustainability Planning and Sustainability- Planning
Mario Evans
(770) 936-5440 (404) 371-2155 (404) 371-2155


Planning and Sustainability-
Business License
Police Services
Yetunde Komolafe Open Records Unit
(404) 371-2784 Phone: (770) 724-7474  |  Fax: 770-724-7814


Purchasing & Contracting Property Appraisal Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Calvin C. Hicks Marvin Billups MFBillup@dekalbcountyga.go​v
  (404) 371-2468 (404) 371-4925


Roads and Drainage Sanitation Transportation
Peggy Allen Pauline Andrea David Pelton
(404) 294-2878 (404) 971-2892 (770) 492-5223


Voter Registration Watershed Management  
Erica Hamilton Patricia Moore  
(404) 298-4020 (770) 414-6182