COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A state review of 20 counties and cities in Ohio found than 40 percent had weaknesses in their public records policies and procedures.
Of those government offices with failures, many lacked a centralized way to track public records requests and note whether they are completed, the review from Auditor Dave Yost's office found.
"It's disappointing in this day and age with all the attention on transparency that we don't do enough to make sure that people's records are accessible," Yost said in a statement Thursday.
In Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland, some departments failed to maintain email once it was sent. And some officials there could not show that they attended mandatory public records training. Training requirements also are not included in the employee manual.
The public records policy of Elyria is not displayed in all city offices, according to the auditor's review. Allen and Crawford counties, along with the cities of Bowling Green and Beavercreek, also failed to track public records requests by date and fulfillment.
Yost found no problems in five counties and seven cities, including Canton, Marysville and Urbana.
Still, the Republican said the state must do better to make public records accessible.
Auditors looked at the records retention policies of the government offices and whether they had proper standards in place to comply with the state's public records law.