In a modern world, much of a journalist’s work happens online. From poring over election data, to reading the text of a bill or looking up criminal proceedings, there’s a picture of our state (and the world) painted across the internet.
Here at NonDoc, we wanted to compile our favorite and most frequently utilized resources for anyone searching for public information in Cleveland County.
Please enjoy the following county resources below, which include links to city resources for the county’s largest municipalities. We know this list is not comprehensive, so it will likely grow. If you think of a significant resource for public information in Cleveland County or its cities, please let us know.
Find your Cleveland County elected officers
Cleveland County court records
Many Oklahoma court records are posted on OSCN.net, a master resource for state courts around Oklahoma. However, not every county is on the system, so be sure to check and make sure OSCN can access the records you’re looking for.
Cleveland County Board and Commissions
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is a major staple in this state, especially in Cleveland County. Below, please find resources that will help you know what is going on at OU and who is making decisions at the state’s largest university.
Municipalities of Cleveland County
City of Norman
City of Moore
City of Noble
City of Lexington
File open records requests
The Oklahoma Open Records Act requires public bodies to respond to requests for documents or information. Such requests can be made by any citizen, not just journalists. The act has exemptions. Some Oklahoma state agencies have direct links on their websites. All Oklahoma state agencies are required to have a designated individual handling open records.
But do us a favor: Don’t just flood agencies with broad requests fishing for random information. Be strategic and narrow in your requests, as a limited number of staff are processing everyone’s submissions.