Transparency in government fosters trust in government, so Sampson County local government endeavors to provide its citizens, employees and the media access to information and records as allowed and prescribed by law.
The North Carolina Public Records Law (NCGS Chapter 132) defines public records as “all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions. Agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions shall mean and include every public office, public officer or official (State or local, elected or appointed), institution, board, commission, bureau, council, department, authority or other unit of government of the State or of any county, unit, special district or other political subdivision of government.”
There are certain records which the law defines as “confidential” or “identifying” information, and Sampson County complies with the law regarding the withholding of such records from the public.
In Sampson County, the Assistant County Manager serves as the County’s Public Information Officer and Clerk to the Board, and as such public records requests are generally received, reviewed and fulfilled by that office, sometimes in consultation with the County Attorney. To submit a public information request, please contact the Public Information Officer at (910) 592-6308.
When possible, we try to provide public records in electronic format (and this with no charge). If this is not possible, the costs for paper copies will be charged pursuant to fees allowed by North Carolina law. Our goal is to provide the majority of the information you may need within this website, and many public records may be found online (many of the most frequently requested materials may be found at this link).