Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

*On Sunday, April 5, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-38, which changes requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 emergency. Under the Executive Order, a public body must respond to a request received at its physical office via U.S. mail, fax, or email within 10 business days after an employee receives and views the request. If a request requires a search of physical records it will be deferred until after the state of emergency. The Executive Order requires public bodies to communicate in writing with the person filing the request if they are unable to fulfill the request without a search of physical public records. The person filing the request then has the option to amend their request to include electronic records only. If a public body is unable to fulfill a request in the timeframe they specified because of remote work and social distancing, then a written notice will be sent to the person filing the request to explain why there is a delay. For the entire executive order, click here*

The Ferndale City Clerk's Office processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for City departments pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

If you would like to submit a request for documents pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, please submit the FOIA Request Form to our office by email or in person at:

City Clerk's Office
300 E. Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
Fax: 248-655-7994

For questions regarding FOIA requests, please contact City Clerk Marne McGrath at 248-546-2525, option 5 on the auto attendant. Information for submitting a FOIA form for the Employee Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System can be found below. Please follow the same submission process for these systems as for general FOIA request.

Employee Retirement System

Ferndale ERS Written Public Summary of FOIA Procedures & Guidelines
Ferndale ERS FOIA Procedures and Guidelines
Ferndale ERS FOIA Cost Worksheet
Ferndale ERS FOIA Request Form

Police & Fire Retirement System

Ferndale PF Written Public Summary of FOIA Procedures & Guidelines
Ferndale PF FOIA Procedures & Guidelines
Ferndale PF FOIA Cost Worksheet
Ferndale PF FOIA Request Form


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