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How do I obtain public records for Newton County Sheriff's Office documents ONLY?
The Georgia Open Records Act establishes the right to inspect and/or receive public records, excluding those records that are specifically exempted by court order or law. To inspect and/or receive records, please contact:

Lt. Michael Cunningham
Office of Professional Standards

15151 Alcovy Road
Covington, GA 30014
Main: 678-625-1413

Please be as specific as possible.

  • Your Name
  • Business Agent or Name
  • Mailing Address, City, State and Zip Code
  • Phone Number
  • Fax Number
  • Email Address
  • Description of Request Records
  • Do copies need to be certified?
  • Preferred manner of delivery
After receiving your request, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office will notify you within three (3) business days if there are records responsive to your request and if the records requested are subject to release (O.C.G.A.§ 50-18-71). The response will be provided in written format and will be sent via email when possible.

Responses shall include the cost to search, retrieve, copy, redact, and/or supervise inspection of the requested document(s). The cost represents the hourly rate of the lowest paid full-time employee who, in the opinion of the Sheriff’s Office, has the necessary skill and training to respond to your request. There is no charge for the first 15 minutes.

The fee for black & white, letter or legal size copies is $0.10 per page. Other types of documents are charged based upon the expense to reproduce the record. Where fees for certain records are otherwise prescribed by law, such specific fee shall apply. Payment is required upon receipt of the records. If it is requested that records be certified, there is an additional fee of $1.00 for certification of the first record and $0.50 for each record thereafter.

Some records are not readily accessible. In these instances, a timeline will be provided as to when the records will be available.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office appointed “Open Records Custodian” is Lt. Michael Cunningham. Day to day records requests are handled by Sandy Williams. 

If needed, you may contact the Open Records Custodian by contacting him directly at:

LT. Michael Cunningham
Open Records Custodian

15151 Alcovy Road
Covington, GA 30014
Main: 678-625-1413


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