Town Solicitor

Responsibilities

The Town Solicitor is the attorney for the Town and legal advisor to the Mayor, Town Council, and all other departments and agencies of the Town government. The Solicitor reviews all Resolutions and Ordinances submitted to the Town Council for consideration.

Any legal claims against the Town are handled through this office.

How to Submit a Claim

Access to Public Records Requests

Please be advised that the Town of Cumberland cannot require that a records request be on the Town of Cumberland’s form or otherwise be written, if the request is readily identifiable as a public records request. This form is provided solely for your convenience.

NOTE: If you chose to pick up the records, but did not include identifying information on this form (name, etc.), please inform the Town Clerk of the date you made the request, records requested and request number. Thank you.

Access to Public Records Request Form

  1. Access to Public Records Request Form

    The Town of Cumberland has adopted the following procedures for the public to request and obtain public records pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") (R.I. Gen. Laws §38-2-1, et. seq.).

    1.    Requests for records must be directed to the Solicitor’s Office, which is the Department designated to handle these matters, except as provided in paragraph 4. The mailing address is Town of Cumberland, APRA Request’s, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864. Requests may also be hand delivered to the Solicitor’s Office or emailed to publicrecordsrequest@cumberlandri.org. To reach us by telephone please call (401) 728-2400, however, verbal requests for records will not be accepted.

    2.    The Solicitor’s Office regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you email a request after business hours, the request will be deemed received on the next business day.

    3.    You are not required to provide identification or the reason you seek records, and your right to access public records will not depend upon providing identification or reasons.

    4.    In order to ensure that you are provided with the public records you seek in an expeditious manner, we ask that you complete the Public Records Request Form located on the Town's website,  or otherwise submit your request in writing. A written form is not required if you are seeking records available pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act or other documents prepared for or readily available to the public.

    5.    Please be advised that the APRA allows a public body ten (10) business days to respond, which can be extended an additional twenty (20) business days for good cause. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

    6.    If, after review of your request, the Town determines that the requested records are exempt from disclosure for a reason set forth in the APRA, the Town reserves the right to claim such exemption.

    7.    The Town may charge a fee of fifteen cents ($.15) per page for copies and/or fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour, after the first hour, for the search and/or retrieval of records. Please be advised that for purposes of search and retrieval costs, multiple requests made by you within thirty (30) days shall be considered one (1) request.

    8.    The Town of Cumberland is not obligated to produce for inspection or copying records that are not in the possession of the Town of Cumberland. The Town is also not required to reorganize, consolidate, or compile data that is not maintained by the Town in the form requested.

    9.    Additional copies of these Guidelines and the request form are available on the Town's website.

    10.    The Town of Cumberland is committed to providing you with public records in an expeditious and courteous manner. However, if you feel that you have been denied access to public records, you have the right to file a review petition with the Mayor's Office or the Department of the Attorney General. 


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