Claremore Daily Progress


August 17, 2012

Public does not need to know

E911 Advisory Board discusses withholding information despite Oklahoma Open Records Act



“Please keep in mind, I have talked to internal legal counsel [David Iski] and there is nothing in black in white under statute that we could really find other than what applies to law enforcement,” Hamilton said.
An example of the public requesting recorded 911 calls is when a domestic call takes place then a neighbor has requested the record of the event. 
The purpose of not wanting to release it is to protect the 911 caller, Hamilton said.
“We should take a stand to protect the identity of the 911 caller,” she said. “Naturally we could release this to law enforcement or who the powers that be decide, but the general public, I don’t think so.”
Commissioner Dan DeLozier asked Iski if there are laws that govern the issue.
Iski explained that the issue is already currently out there.
“The Open Records Act, again I am addressing my clients whom are the board of county commissioners, the open records acts does not specifically have a category for what this is 911, it has a category for law enforcement which is closest that I can think of,” Iski said.
Iski explained that he was advising the commissioners, yet Hamilton stated earlier that he had advised her on this issue prior to the meeting.
During the conversation, a number of board members raised concerns about the issue. 
The board then voted unanimously to approve the item to follow industry standards that includes redacting caller information if it is to be released to the public.  The item will also include getting a signed release from involved persons including the dispatch officers.
“The entire recording will not be released to the public unless a signed release has been received,” Hamilton said.
Throughout the discussions, no statute was presented to clarify the board’s authority for this decision. Iski could not provide any statutory reference to withholding the information from the public.  Since the advisory board has no authority to put this policy in place and the issue will have to be brought before the county commissioners regarding the issue. All three commissioners were present and voted to support the agenda item during the advisory board meeting. 

Text Only
  • Meth arrests Meth busts net 12 arrests

    Rogers County deputies arrested 12 individuals over the weekend who were allegedly involved in the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine near Foyil.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Winter March 2014 Winter’s last gasp?

    A powerful winter storm brought sleet and snow to Rogers County Sunday, leaving roads in hazardous condition and all schools were closed on Monday.

    March 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burn ban issued in Rogers County

    A burn ban was issued Monday for Rogers County by county commisioners due to high winds and drought conditions.

    January 27, 2014

  • 20131111_7625web.jpg Honoring Those Who Served

    Rogers County residents saluted area veterans Monday during the annual Claremore Veterans Day Parade.

    November 12, 2013 8 Photos

  • Toys4Totsweb.jpg Toys for Tots kicks off campaign

    The holidays are a a time for celebration, but many Rogers County and Claremore children are less fortunate. The joy of a gift can bring happiness into a difficult situation for these children.

    November 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • A-F grades released by state

    The Oklahoma Board of Education unanimously voted to certify the A-F report cards for schools statewide at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon in Oklahoma City.

    November 6, 2013

  • Commissioners postpone budget talks

    The Rogers County Commissioners tabled budget discussions for another one week due to discrepancies in accounting in the Rogers County Clerk and Treasurer’s offices.

    October 8, 2013

  • Conflict questions raised in PR firm’s tie to DA

    Conflict of interest questions have been raised as a result of Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown’s request to review District Attorney Janice Steidley’s financial ties to the owners of a public relations business who also publish a weekly newspaper critical of Brown.

    October 6, 2013

  • DA files motion to stop grand jury petition certification

    A motion to stay the certification of the petition in the pending Rogers County Grand Jury was filed Friday by attorney Joel Wohlgemuth on behalf of District Attorney Janice Steidley and her two assistants.

    October 4, 2013

  • DA asks court to unseal grand jury petition names

    District Attorney Janice Steidley filed a motion Thursday requesting Grady County Judge Richard Van Dyck vacate his order sealing signatures on a citizens petition calling for a grand jury investigation of her office.

    October 3, 2013