The County Executive is the custodian of records related to himself and his immediate staff. Each County department and elected official is the custodian of their respective records. As a result, each department and each elected official fulfills their own records requests. Therefore, to obtain the records you seek, you need to direct your open records requests to the appropriate record custodian.
For more information on obtaining records not maintained by the County Executive, visit the Milwaukee County Open Records page.
Milwaukee County Open Records
Open Records Requests
The County Executive is committed to openness in government and to making records available to the public under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law, Wis. Stat. §§ 19.31 – 19.39.
The County Executive’s Office will acknowledge in writing receipt of all written public records requests. Requests will then be reviewed and answered as soon as practicable and without delay. Wis. Stat. § 19.35(4)(a). In the event that there is a cost associated with locating responsive records, you will be provided with a cost estimate if that amount is anticipated to exceed $50. Wis. Stat. § 19.35(3)(c), (f). If responsive records exist, they will be vetted according to public records law to exclude non-public material such as social security numbers, private employee information, personal medical information, and attorney-client communication. You will then be advised of the actual cost of reproducing responsive records at $ .15 per page and any postage costs. Wis. Stat. § 19.35(3)(a), (d).
Requests for public records maintained by the Office of the County Executive may be made in person at the office, by U.S. mail, by phone or by email. Office hours for public records requests are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on business days.
Our office is located at:
Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 306
901 N. 9th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Submit a Request via Email