In the Matter of a Complaint by FINAL DECISION


David E. Williams,




against Docket #FIC 86-298


Agency Personnel Administrator, State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police,


Respondent January 28, 1987


The above-captioned matter was heard as a contested case on December 11, 1986, at which time the complainant and the respondent appeared, stipulated to certain facts and presented testimony, exhibits 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 letter dated October 14, 1986 the complainant made a request of the respondent for copies of the personnel file for one James J. McGrath, a former employee of the respondent.


3. By letter dated October 16, 1986 the respondent denied the request claiming that the information being sought by the complainant was exempt from disclosure under 1-19(b)(2), G.S.


4. From denial of access to the requested information, the complainant appealed to the Commission by letter of complaint filed on October 28, 1986.


5. At the hearing before the Commission, the complainant explained that his request is limited to information relating only to Mr. McGrath's work record and that he is not interested in obtaining any medical information concerning Mr. McGrath.


6. At the hearing, the respondent agreed to provide the complainant with copies of Mr. McGrath's personnel file, excluding any medical information that may be contained therein.


Docket #FIC 86-298 Page 2


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 a copy of Mr. McGrath's personnel file as specified in paragraph 6 of the findings, above.


Approved by order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of January 28, 1987.


Catherine I. Hostetter

Acting Clerk of the Commission