As Connecticut works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of the Freedom of Information Commission has begun returning to the Commission’s office on a limited basis.  However, the building continues to be closed to the general public.  During this time of reopening, a limited number of staff will work at the Commission’s office while others will continue to telework.   The Commission resumed its schedule of Regular Meetings on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.  Commission meetings will be conducted via telephone and teleconference until such time as restrictions allow a public meeting to be held at the Commission's offices.  Instructions for real-time public access to the Commission’s meetings will be published and included with each meeting agenda.   Additionally, a recording of each meeting will be posted on the Commission’s website.  At this time, there are no Contested Case Hearings scheduled through August 14, 2020.   The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program.

The Freedom of Information Commission will hold special meetings during the week of December 8, 2014 through December 12, 2014 at the specific dates and times listed below.  Each meeting will be held in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, First Floor, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut, for the purpose of conducting a hearing concerning the contested case designated by the corresponding docket number listed below.  For further information concerning these hearings, please contact the Commission’s administrative office at 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106:  telephone (860) 566-5682.
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 8, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-260 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; Cheryl Jensen-Gerner, Principal, Miller Driscoll School, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-276 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; Cheryl Jensen-Gerner, Principal, Miller Driscoll School, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-289 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
 2:00 PM FIC 2014-264 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-495 Marissa Lowthert v. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-496 Marissa Lowthert v. Ann Paul, Assistant Superintendent, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
 December 9, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-286 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Manchester; Police Department, Town of Manchester; and Town of Manchester
 11:00 AM FIC 2014-291 Joseph Sastre v. Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics
 2:00 PM FIC 2014-321 Mathew Sorokin v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; Police Department, City of Hartford; and City of Hartford
 December 10, 2014  9:30 AM David Woods v. President, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
 11:00 AM Stephen Salerno and the Southington Police Union v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Southington; Police Department, Town of Southington; and Town of Southington
 2:00 PM FIC 2014-320 Jonathan Shugarts and the  Waterbury Republican-American v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; Police Department, City of Waterbury; and City of Waterbury
 December 11, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-294 Umar Shahid v. Chief Public Defender, State of Connecticut, Office of the Public Defender; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Public Defender
 December 12, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-401 Ramon Lopez v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
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Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 8, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-260 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-265 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; Cheryl Jensen-Gerner, Principal, Miller Driscoll School, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-276 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; Cheryl Jensen-Gerner, Principal, Miller Driscoll School, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-289 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on December 8, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-260;
Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
Docket #FIC 2014-265;
Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; Cheryl Jensen-Gerner, Principal, Miller Driscoll School, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
Docket #FIC 2014-276;
Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; Cheryl Jensen-Gerner, Principal, Miller Driscoll School, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
Docket #FIC 2014-289;
Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
Marissa Lowthert appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Anne Littlefield appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:36 AM, with Hearing Officer, Valicia D. Harmon presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 5:43 PM.
 December 8, 2014  2:00 PM FIC 2014-264 Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-495 Marissa Lowthert v. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
FIC 2014-496 Marissa Lowthert v. Ann Paul, Assistant Superintendent, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following consolidated matter for December 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2014-264;
Marissa Lowthert v. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
Docket #FIC 2014-495;
Marissa Lowthert v. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Schools, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following consolidated matter for December 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2014-496;
Marissa Lowthert v. Ann Paul, Assistant Superintendent, Wilton Public Schools; and Wilton Public Schools
Dated:  December 10, 2014
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 9, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-286 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Manchester; Police Department, Town of Manchester; and Town of Manchester
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2014-286;
Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Manchester; Police Department, Town of Manchester; and Town of Manchester
 December 9, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2014-291 Joseph Sastre v. Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on December 9, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-291;
Joseph Sastre v. Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics
Joseph Sastre appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Holly Bray appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:30 AM, with Hearing Officer, Victor R. Perpetua presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 12:45 PM.
Dated:  December 10, 2014
 December 9, 2014  2:00 PM FIC 2014-321 Mathew Sorokin v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; Police Department, City of Hartford; and City of Hartford
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2014-321;
Mathew Sorokin v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; Police Department, City of Hartford; and City of Hartford
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 10, 2014  9:30 AM David Woods v. President, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on December 10, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-209;
David Woods v. President, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
Attorney Jacques Parenteau appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Assistant Attorney General Holly Bray appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:35 AM, with Hearing Officer, Kathleen K. Ross presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:59 AM.
Dated:  December 10, 2014
 December 10, 2014  11:00 AM Stephen Salerno and the Southington Police Union v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Southington; Police Department, Town of Southington; and Town of Southington
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM, was cancelled due to a settlement of the parties. 
Docket #FIC 2014-310;
Stephen Salerno and the Southington Police Union v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Southington; Police Department, Town of Southington; and Town of Southington
 December 10, 2014  2:00 PM FIC 2014-320 Jonathan Shugarts and the  Waterbury Republican-American v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; Police Department, City of Waterbury; and City of Waterbury
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2014-320;
Jonathan Shugarts and the  Waterbury Republican-American v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; Police Department, City of Waterbury; and City of Waterbury
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 11, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-294 Umar Shahid v. Chief Public Defender, State of Connecticut, Office of the Public Defender; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Public Defender
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2014-294;
Umar Shahid v. Chief Public Defender, State of Connecticut, Office of the Public Defender; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Public Defender
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 12, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-401 Ramon Lopez v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2014-401;
Ramon Lopez v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection