This office and the leading commentators on the FOIA have observed that personnel files usually include: employment applications; school transcripts; payroll-related documents such as information about reclassifications, promotions, or demotions; transfer records; health and life insurance forms; performance evaluations; recommendation letters; disciplinary-action records; requests for leave-without-pay; certificates of advanced training or education; and legal documents such as subpoenas. E.g., Op. Att’y Gen. 97-368; John J. Watkins & Richard J. Peltz, The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act 187–89 (Arkansas Law Press, 5th ed., 2009).
A.C.A. § 25-19-105(b)(12): “It is the specific intent of this section that the following shall not be deemed to be made open to the public under the provisions of this chapter…. [p]ersonnel records to the extent that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”
A.C.A. § 25-19-105(c)(1): “Notwithstanding subdivision (b)(12) of this section, all employee evaluation or job performance records, including preliminary notes and other materials, shall be open to public inspection only upon final administrative resolution of any suspension or termination proceeding at which the records form a basis for the decision to suspend or terminate the employee and if there is a compelling public interest in their disclosure.”
 Thomas v. Hall, 2012 Ark. 66, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Feb. 16, 2012); see, e.g., Ops. Att’y Gen. Nos. 2009-067; 2008-004; 2005-030; 2004-211; 2003-073; and 93-055.
A.C.A. § 25-19-105(c)(1) (Supp. 2011); Op. Att’y Gen. 2008-065.
 Watkins & Peltz, supra note 1, at 217–18 (footnotes omitted).
Id. at 216 (noting that “[a]s a practical matter, such an interest is more likely to be present when a high-level employee is involved than when the [records] of ‘rank-and-file’ workers are at issue.”).
Cf. Op. Att’y Gen. 96-168; Watkins & Peltz, supra note 1, at 204.
This office has repeatedly opined that the public has a compelling interest in the disciplinary records of law enforcement officials who were disciplined for violating administrative policies aimed at conduct that could undermine the public trust and/or compromise public safety. E.g, Op. Att’y Gen. Nos., 2009-195, 2003-072, 2001-343, 98-210, 98-075, 97-400 and 92-319.
See, e.g., Op. Att’y Gen. 2011-084 (and opinions cited therein).