In the Matter of a Complaint by FINAL DECISION


Edward E. Delisle, Paul Metzker, Scott Clark, Paul McAllister and Brian Jones




against Docket #FIC 86-222


Police Commission of The Town of Ridgefield


Respondent November 12, 1986


The above captioned matter was scheduled for hearing September 11, 1986. At that time both 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. By complaint filed July 28, 1986, the complainants alleged they were denied records relating to various components of a promotional exam which had been given by the respondent.


3. The records had been requested by letter on July, 11, 1986, and they were denied on July 16, 1986.


4. The respondents claimed the records were exempt under 1-19(b)(6) because they consist of test questions, scoring keys, or other examination data used to administer an examination for employment.


5. The records which were withheld consist of:


(1) questions and answers for, and tapes of an oral exam given by experts from outside the department;


(2) questions and model answers for an essay exam, criteria for grading the exam, and the blue books of individuals who took the exam;


(3) questions and answers for, and tapes of an oral exam given by the police commission.


Docket #FIC 86-222 page two


6. It is found that the records requested by the complainants are exempt under 1-19(b)(6), G.S.


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


1. The complaint is hereby dismissed.


Approved by order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of November 12, 1986.


Karen J. Haggett

Clerk of the Commission