WAPRO Mission Statement

The Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) is a non-profit corporation founded to provide education in support of the Public Records Act and to provide a forum for public records officers and those involved in responding to public records requests.

Call for Candidates: WAPRO 2016 - 2018 Board of Directors

Make sure to find out more about the exciting opportunities available to serve as a WAPRO board member and have an impact on the important work WAPRO is doing to educate and equip its members with substantive information that makes a difference in the work we do for our agencies and the customers we serve. 

Several members of the WAPRO Board of Directors will be completing their terms at the end of November, and the Board is seeking nominations to fill the upcoming vacant positions. The positions to be filled are President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and three Director positions. The terms for these positions begin on December 1, 2016, and will be voted upon during WAPRO's Fall Conference in Tacoma in October. Applications are due no later than Tuesday, October 11th.

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2016 WAPRO Fall Conference & Annual Business Meeting.

Once again, WAPRO has created an incredible line-up of topics and speakers to keep you informed of the latest news in Public Records administration. General session topics include Case Law/Legal Updates, Nissen/Electronic Records and an update from the state auditor's office. Breakouts include PRA 101 topics, Law Enforcement Redactions, HR, Discovery and more! 

View the conference page of our website for more information >>

Please Note: Registration is now closed. The conference is at capacity, so we unfortunately will not be able to accept on site registrations.

2015 - 2016 WAPRO Board of Directors

We are pleased to introduce your 2015 - 2016 WAPRO Board of Directors! Their term begins December 1, 2015 and ends November 30, 2016.

Whitney Stevens, President
Denise Vaughan, President-Elect
Kathi Anderson, Vice-President
Tyler Entrekin, Treasurer
Jenny Hallengren-Sawyer, Secretary
Melissa Blankenship, Director
Terri LeFors, Director
Joanna Lee, Director
Sheila Friend Gray, Director

Certified Public Records Officer Designations

Congratulations to the following Public Records Officers who received their CPRO designation recently:

  • Carissa Bourdon
  • Allison Gordon
  • Christine James (recertification)
  •  Tiah Branson
  • Stella Nehen

Announcing the Second Edition of the Public Records Act Deskbook

The Washington State Bar Association now has available for purchase its 2014 second edition of the Public Records Act Deskbook. WAPRO thanks the WSBA as well as the WAPRO members who were involved in providing recommendations for this second edition. You can purchase the Deskbook on the WSBA website.

Featured FAQ

The public agency I work for recently conducted an internal investigation into the conduct of an employee who works in the field. Is our internal investigation subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, or is there an RCW that exempts it? We are concerned that if some of the records, such as interview notes, were disclosed, it would create concern of retaliation and make some employees hesitant to cooperate in the future...

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