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Records Management

A public record is defined asinformation “prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by a public body in the performance of an official function, from the time it is created.”   Local governments are responsible for ensuring that the public records they create and receive while conducting public business are retained and destroyed in accordance with Michigan law.

Michigan law requires that:

  • all records be listed on an approved Retention and Disposal Schedule and  

  • all Retention and Disposal Schedules must be formally approved by the Records Management Services [in the Department of Technology, Management] and Budget], the Archives of Michigan and the State Administrative Board.  

Schedule #8, Records Management Handbook:  Guidelines and Approved Retention and Disposal Schedule for Cities and Villages,” published by the Michigan Municipal League, is an approved schedule.  However, there have been significant changes regarding its updating.  Instead of updating the entire schedule, Records Management Services is updating it in sections, as separate schedules.  If you have adopted and used Schedule #8, you now need to adopt the separate schedules that have superseded sections of this book.  The Elections schedule (schedule #23) and the Clerks schedule (schedule #24) have superseded sections of the Records Management Handbook published by the League. 

Not all the new schedules promulgated by Records Management Services supersede sections of the Records Management Handbook.  Schedules such as Public Libraries (schedule # 17) and Human Resources (schedule #26) are new, and were never a part of the original general schedule.  You should look over the list of general schedules and adopt the schedules that are appropriate for your municipality.

Links to Records Management Resources

 

 

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