Counties, municipalities, school districts, libraries, and all other local government entities in Mississippi are governed by the Local Government Records Law passed by the Mississippi Legislature in 1996.
The law created the Local Government Records Committee, composed of seventeen representatives of local government associations, state officials, and research organizations. The committee meets quarterly to issue records retention schedules. These schedules govern how long records created or received by local governments must be maintained.
These retention guidelines have the full force and effect of law. Officials may dispose of records in the various offices in accordance with these guidelines. Records may be maintained for longer periods at the discretion of local officials.
The Department of Archives and History is responsible for implementation of the law through the Local Government Records Office in cooperation with local government officials.
Local Government Records Office
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