County installs computer for public to look at records

County installs computer for public to look at records


ALPENA, Mich. (AP) – A northern Michigan county is making it easier to look at documents from its public agencies.

Alpena County has placed a computer in the courthouse lobby to look that records that have been requested in recent years under the Freedom of Information Act, including emails, property information and police documents, The Alpena News reported.

Todd Powley, who lives in a neighboring county, recently used the computer to look at records from the sheriff’s office. When records are released to one person, they’re available to all.

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“When there’s a controversy, people can know that they can come down and be able to make public officials accountable,” Powley said.

Bob Adrian, chairman of the county board, said public-record requests have ticked up during the election season.

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