Transparency promotes accountability and sound governance and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing. Information maintained by the Lakewood City Government is a local asset in our community. Accountability and sound governance are also a part of Lakewood’s obligation to share information with its citizens. Click here to read Mayor Summers’ statement on public records and government accountability.
Ohio Sunshine Laws
Ohio’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws, collectively known as the “Sunshine Laws,” give Ohioans access to government meetings and records. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office helps public officials and citizens understand their rights and responsibilities under these laws.
Ohio Open Meetings Act
The Open Meetings Act requires public bodies in Ohio to conduct all public business in open meetings that the public may attend and observe. This means that if a public body is meeting to discuss and vote on or otherwise decide public business, the meeting must be open to the public. ORC 121.22.
Ohio Attorney General’s FAQ’s regarding the Ohio Open Meetings Act:
Here is where you will find information on public records in general:
Public Records Act Overview by the Ohio Attorney General
Here is where you will find information on the city’s annual and monthly financial reports, city budgets and financial policies and strategies, the city’s checkbook and copies of 2018 contracts made with the city as well as other financial information:
Here is where you will find public safety, public health and police records:
CrimeReports.com (This is current through July 31, 2018. The new police portal (coming soon) will offer more up-to-date information.)
Here is where you will find information on minutes and agendas of city council and city boards and commissions as well as city legislation and ordinances, legal notices and Requests for Proposals