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Public Records Department

  1. What is a public record?
    The Ohio Revised Code defines records as any document, device or item, regardless of physical form or characteristic, including an electronic record, created or received by or coming under the jurisdiction of any public office of the state or its political subdivisions, which serves to document the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations or other activities of the office. A public record is a record kept by any public office. All records of the Lake County Auditor are public, unless they are exempt from disclosure per the Ohio Revised Code.
  2. What information in the Auditor’s Office is considered a public record?
    Most of the information kept by the Auditor’s Office is considered a public record. These include all real estate records, accounts payables, financial reports and certain payroll information of employees. Examples of records that are not public include social security numbers, medical information, and bank accounts. Neither of these are exhaustive lists, if you would like more information please contact the Auditor’s Office. They can assist you in accessing public records.
  3. How do I access a public record?
    You must contact the Auditor’s Office to request a public record. Requests for records may be made during regular business hours. The Auditor’s Office is required to comply with your request in a reasonable period of time. Every effort will be made to provide the requested information in the quickest manner possible. But please understand that depending on the type of request, the timeframe to fulfill your request may vary. Requests for information can be made by phone, e-mail, and in-person. If you prefer you can mail your request to:

The Honorable Christopher A. Galloway
Lake County Auditor
105 Main Street
Painesville, OH 44077

  1. What is the State of Ohio Sunshine Laws?
    The Sunshine Laws are a reference to Ohio’s Open Records and Open Meetings laws. The Sunshine Laws allow Ohioans to gain access to government meetings and records.
  2. Do I have to give my name when requesting a public record?
    No, you are not required to give your name or the reason for the public record request. However, you will need to provide enough information for the Auditor’s Office to process your request. You will also have to provide enough information so that the Auditor’s Office is able to supply the information to you.