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Augusta County invokes seven-day extension to respond to FOIA request on Seaton tapes

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Augusta County’s FOIA office has responded to our requests under the Freedom of Information Act for access to copies of the recordings of closed sessions of the Board of Supervisors – by invoking its right to an extension for giving a final answer.

This came to us from Jennifer Whetzel, the deputy county administrator, in separate emails responding to our requests, made last week, for access to copies of the recordings made by Wayne District Supervisor Scott Seaton of closed sessions of the BOS.

One request from AFP under FOIA requested access to copies of all of Seaton’s recordings, dating back to the beginning of his term on Jan. 1, 2020.

The second request asked specifically for access to a copy of the recording of the March 20, 2023, closed session, which was held the day that Steven Morelli resigned his seat as the South River District representative on the Board of Supervisors.

Under Virginia’s FOIA law, government entities can invoke a seven-working-day extension to respond to requests.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].