Request #19-15

Dear Records Access Officer:
This is a request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10).

I am requesting, on behalf of The Boston Globe, that I be provided the following records, which I would ask be sent in electronic spreadsheet form (i.e. Excel, CSV, etc.):

  • Municipal payroll data, in spreadsheet form (i.e. Excel, CSV, etc.), for calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018, and including one column for each of the following:
    • each employee's name;
    • the department/office/division they worked in that year;
    • their primary, or most recent, job title for that year;
    • their total pay for the year;
    • how much they earned in regular or base pay that year;
    • and how much they earned in overtime pay that year.
  • (Note: If it's easier to provide the above information in spreadsheets that include additional columns than what's described above, such as more detailed breakdowns of other types of pay, that is fine, too. Just looking for, at a minimum, the columns described above.)

I recognize that you may charge reasonable costs for copies, as well as for personnel time needed to comply with this request. If you expect costs to exceed $10.00, please provide a detailed fee estimate.

I do not believe the records are exempt under MGL Chapter 66, Section 10. However, if you believe the records contain exempt material, the law requires that you redact only those portion of the records and release the rest of the documents.

The Public Records Law requires you to provide me with a written response within 10 business days. If you cannot comply with my request, you are statutorily required to provide an explanation in writing.


Matt Rocheleau
Reporter, The Boston Globe
617-929-3435 / 508-265-2050 (c) /
Boston Globe Media
1 Exchange Pl  Ste 201
Boston, MA 02109-2132


April 19, 2019 via web








Point of Contact

Paul Munchbach

Request Published Public
April 26, 2019, 4:44pm
Request Closed Public

We have provided all records responsive to your request.

April 25, 2019, 1:06pm
Document(s) Released Public
PIR Payroll by Calendar Year.xlsx
April 25, 2019, 1:05pm
External Message   Hide Public

Dear Matt,

All responsive documents have been uploaded.  Please note that we cannot produce this information in electronic form prior to Calendar 2017 which is when we converted to our current payroll/HR system.   


April 25, 2019, 1:05pm by Andrea Terkelsen, Finance Director (Staff)
Department Assignment Public
April 19, 2019, 10:06am
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
April 19, 2019, 10:06am