The public has a right to access public records created and maintained by Walworth County under Wisconsin Stats. 19.31, which declares that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them. Further, providing persons with such information is an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of officers and employees whose responsibility it is to provide such information.
What is a Public Record?
A public record is generally any material related to the conduct of the public's business on which written, drawn, spoken, or visual information has been recorded or preserved and is owned, used, or retained by Walworth County, subject to certain exceptions. Public records are open to inspection by the public upon reasonable request during regular office hours, except holidays.
How to Request Public Records
To request public records, please contact the relevant department directly.