In accordance with our statutory responsibility, Archuleta County is committed to ensuring public access to the County’s public records within a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost. Certain County offices are bound by Colorado Revised Statutes as to the time to provide and the cost of those public records. Elected and public offices have a duty to the citizens to conduct government in accordance with Colorado law, and if there are legitimate questions of openness as to meeting and accessibility of records, those questions should be addressed on a case-by case basis by the County Attorney.
Pursuant to C.R.S. §24-72-202(6) “Public Records: All writings made, maintained, or kept by… any political subdivision… for use in the exercise of functions required or authorized by law… or involving receipt or expenditure of public funds.” Criminal Justice records are not included by the provisions of Part 2, but rather are covered under Part 3 of the Act.
“Writings” means and includes all books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, correspondence, and other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics. Writings include digitally stored data, including without limitation email messages, but does not include software, pursuant to C.R.S. §24-72-202(7). Such public records are subject to public inspection and/or copies as set forth in C.R.S. §24-72-203 and as specifically set forth herein.