Public Records



Be advised that in accordance with the public records law, which will take effect on January 1, 2017, the WHA has assigned the following Records Access Officers (RAO):

  • !•   Paula Mountain, Executive Director/

The RAO will:

  • Coordinate the agency’s response to requests for access to public records
  • Assist individuals seeking public records in identifying the records requested
  • Assist the custodian of records in preserving public records
  • Prepare guidelines that enable requestors to make informed requests.



Effective January 1, 2017, RAO’s must respond to a request for records in writing within 10 calendar days and permit inspection or furnish a copy of a requested public record within 10 business day following receipt of the request.


There is a charge of 5 cents for black and white paper copies or computer printouts for both single and double-sided sheets. If a response to a request requires more than 4 hours of employee time, there is a fee of the hourly rate of the lowest paid employee with the skills necessary to search for, compile, segregate, redact or reproduce a requested record. The fee shall not exceed $25.00 an hour.

 Requests for public records should be made on the Request for Public Records form whenever possible   and/or in writing to the Wenham Housing Authority, Larch Lane, Wenham, MA 01984 or by e-mail to