County of Mercer Open Records Office


*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***

Posted April 6, 2020

During this emergency, Mercer County requests that individuals refrain from filing Right-to-Know requests, unless there is an urgent need for the records/documents.

Mercer County and the District Attorney Open Records Officers will continue to process Right-to-Know requests to the greatest extent possible.

Please be advised that due to staffing limitations caused by this emergency, including employees working remotely, it may not be possible to process your request within a 5 day period of time.

Additionally, records which are archived off site, are not currently able to be retrieved.

Records which are appropriate for disclosure, under the Right-to-Know law, but currently unavailable for release, will be processed expediently, following the resumption of normal business practice.

 

 



Mercer County Open Records Office

Ann Morrison, Open Records Officer
amorrison@mcc.co.mercer.pa.us

103 Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137
Main Number: (724)-662-7534
Alternate Number: (724)-662-7542

For District Attorney Right To Know Requests, please contact
Robert H. Hartley, Jr, District Attorney Right to Know Officer
Peter C. Acker, District Attorney Appeals Officer
dartk@mcc.co.mercer.pa.us

209 Mercer County Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137-1295
Main Number: (724) 662-3800 x2287
Fax: (724) 662-0807



Office Hours:
Monday ~ Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except Holidays




From The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website:

Mission Statement

"The Mission of the Office of Open Records is to enforce the state's Right-to-Know law and to serve as a resource for citizens, public officials and members of the media in obtaining public records of their government."


A Message from the Executive Director

Ensuring open and honest government is a bedrock principle of democracy. It can only be attained through the unfettered exchange of information between citizens and their government. A citizen's right-to-know, sometimes known as freedom of information, fosters accountability, prevents abuses of power and promotes trust in government. Pennsylvania has codified this important right to access government records in Act 3 of 2008, called the Right-to-Know law.

Governor Edward G. Rendell signed the new Right-To-Know law on February 14, 2008 fundamentally changing the way people access public records of their government. The hallmark of this new law, which fully takes effect January 1, 2009, is its presumption of openness. For the first time in Pennsylvania history, citizens no longer have to prove that a record is public and that it should be released. Now, a government agency must presume that a record is a public record available for inspection or copying. If the government agency chooses to withhold a record, the agency has the burden to prove – with legal citation – why that record should not be available to the public.

The law, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, also established an Office of Open Records. The mission of the Office of Open Records is to enforce the new Right-to-Know law and to serve as a resource to citizens, public officials and members of the media.