Request Public Information

The City Secretary is responsible for responding to public information requests, applying the laws and regulations of the Texas Public Information Act, and to ensure all records in the possession of and pertaining to the operation of the governmental body, are available to the public.

How the Law Works

The Texas Public Information Act gives the public the right to request access to government information. The Act is triggered when a person submits a written request to a governmental body. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The At does not require the governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. In preparing a request, a person may want to ask the governmental body what information is available.

Note: Although the Texas Public Information Act makes most government information available to the public, some exceptions exist. If an exemption might apply and the governmental body wishes to withhold the information, the governmental body generally must, within 10 business days of receiving the public information request, refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on whether an exception applies.

Charges

Charges are associated with certain requests.  If charges exceed $40, an estimate will be provided to the requestor, and should charges exceed $100, a deposit will be required before proceeding with the fulfillment of the request. Some common charges are listed below.  See the  Texas Administrative Code, Rule 70.3 for additional charges.

  • $10 Body Cam video, plus $1 per full minute viewing time
  • $6 Crash/Accident report (released and paid through Cleburne Police Department)
  • $.10 copy per page over 50 pages
  • $.50 copy per page of oversize pages
  • $1 CD
  • $3 DVD
  • $5 (or less) USB Drive
  • $15hr labor charge (applied for redacting >50 pages, retrieving records from multiple locations, manipulating data, and reproducing public information)

File a Request

Fill out the City of Cleburne's Public Information Request Form.
Please allow up to 10 business days for processing.
**Important Notice: Due to an inclement weather event during the week of January 30, 2023, office hours have been affected and may impact the timeframe for responding to requests for records. However, the City Secretary's Office will make every effort to provide the information within the statutory guidelines. Any delays will be communicated directly to the requestor.