FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT

 

In the Matter of a Complaint by AMENDED FINAL DECION

 

Richard R. Olson

 

Complainant

 

against Docket #FIC 86-212

 

Norwalk State Technical College Presidential Search Committee of the Board of Trustees for Technical Colleges

 

Respondent October 22, 1986

 

The above captioned matter was scheduled for September 2, 1986 at which time the parties appeared and presented evidence and argument on the complaint.

 

After consideration of the entire record the following facts are found:

 

1. The respondent is a public agency within the meaning of 1-18a(a), G.S.

 

2. On July 22, 1986, the complainant requested copies of the resumes of the candidates for president of Norwalk State Technical College.

 

3. On July 29, 1986, the complainant filed his complaint with the Commission, alleging he had been denied his right to receive the resumes.

 

4. The presidential search committee of the Norwalk State Technical College held several receptions for the finalists to enable the committee to receive feedback from members of the college community.

 

5. The names of the finalists in the search for a president were disclosed in the announcements of the receptions.

 

6. The respondent claims that all of the resumes are exempt from disclosure under 1-19(b)(2), G.S. on the ground that disclosure would constitute an invasion of the applicant's privacy.

 

Docket # FIC 86-212 page two

 

7. It is found that the records in question constitute personnel files within the meaning of 1-19(b)(2), G.S.

 

8. It is also found the respondent failed to prove that disclosure of the resumes would invade any privacy interest of the applicants aside from the privacy interest each applicant has in maintaining the confidentiality of the search for an alternative employment.

 

99 It is found that the resumes of applicants who were not finalists, and whose names were not announced publically are exempt from disclosure under 1-19(b)(2), G.S.

 

10. It is concluded that disclosure of the resumes of the finalists would not constitute an invasion of personal privacy under 1-19(b)(2), G.S.

 

The following order by the commission is hereby recommended on the basis of the record concerning the above captioned complaint.

 

1. The respondent shall provide the complainant with the resumes of the finalists within two weeks of the date the decision becomes final.

 

Approved by order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of October 22, 1986.

 

 

Karen J. Haggett

Clerk of the Commission