Public Disclosure Request For Employees' Information

The City has received a public records request from Nicole Mijares of American Transparency for the following information:   

2016 pay information for all current and former City employees including

  • Name (first, middle, last)
  • Job title
  • Annual salary
  • Annual overtime pay
  • Annual premium pay
  • Hire date
  • Monthly salary rate

It is anticipated that the requested information will be sent out by April 6th.

The City is obligated under state law to produce information which is disclosable (see below). We have found no exemption from disclosure. (See, RCW 42.56, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=42.56)

The City will not disclose employees’ Social Security numbers, home addresses, personal telephone numbers, or information about dependents.

Notice is being provided to City employees pursuant to RCW 42.56.540 (see below) because these records pertain specifically to you as a City employee. Unless you file an action in superior court and serve the City by April 6, 2017, the City will disclose these requested records.

Future notifications to employees regarding public disclosure requests (and possibly other types of notices) will be distributed through the City website (www.cityofvancouver.us/hr), City email, City Currents, and department managers/supervisors (for those without access to City email).

RCW 42.56.540 Court protection of public records. The examination of any specific public record may be enjoined if, upon motion and affidavit by an agency or its representative or a person who is named in the record or to whom the record specifically pertains, the superior court for the county in which the movant resides or in which the record is maintained, finds that such examination would clearly not be in the public interest and would substantially and irreparably damage any person, or would substantially and irreparably damage vital governmental functions. An agency has the option of notifying persons named in the record or to whom a record specifically pertains, that release of a record has been requested. However, this option does not exist where the agency is required by law to provide such notice. [1992 c 139 § 7; 1975 1st ex.s. c 294 § 19; 1973 c 1 § 33 (Initiative Measure No. 276, approved November 7, 1972). Formerly RCW 42.17.330.]

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at extension 8417.