Now You Know - Role of the FOIA Coordinator

Role of the FOIA Coordinator

All townships must comply with the Freedom of Information Act regarding access to township records. But who does what when a FOIA request comes in? STOP—Don’t just hand this off to the clerk! Nobody is “off the hook” even in the smallest township. (Spoiler alert: It’s not automatically the clerk’s job to handle FOIA requests.) Listen in as MTA Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt discusses what can only be done by the FOIA Coordinator, and how everyone else should assist the FOIA Coordinator in responding to requests.

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Catherine Mullhaupt

Staff Attorney, Member Information Services


Catherine provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She writes for the "Hello, MTA...?" and Legal Briefs columns, and other articles in the Michigan Township Focus, develops MIS Department resource materials and webpages, authors MTA publications, and presents workshop and conference sessions, as well as live and recorded online courses.

She joined MTA in 1991, spending her first nine years in MTA's Education Department writing and editing articles for the Township Focus and MTA publications. She coordinated educational workshops and the annual MTA trade show, and assisted in coordinating the annual MTA educational conference. 

She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

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