The Freedom of Information Act

The City of Fort Smith is eager to comply with Freedom of Information requests, as provided by Arkansas state law. The Arkansas Press Association has an excellent handbook available that makes the law clear for citizens requesting information and for those of us responsible for meeting or exceeding the requirements for complying with the citizen’s request.

Paper copies of existing documents are available for inspection and can be reproduced for 25 cents per page. The preferred media for meeting requests for large amounts of documents is CD, DVD, or a jump drive.

In many cases, citizens may prefer to simply inspect the documents where they are stored and earmark which, if any, digital or paper documents they wish to take with them.

If you have an FOIA request, please contact Karen Santos at She will route your request to the appropriate department for fulfillment of your request.