FARMINGTON -- Yvonne Christensen is Davis County's "grandma of GRAMA," and on Tuesday was recognized as such by the Davis County Commission.
Christensen, 59, received on Jan. 8 a records officer certification from the State Division of Archives.
The certification allows Christensen to officially oversee and respond to the numerous Government Records Access Management Act requests the county receives from the public and media in search of a public document.
The state is requiring any public entity having to respond to GRAMA requests to have a certified records officer on staff by the close of the 2013 calendar year, said Terry Tremea, chief deputy of administration in the Davis County Clerk/Auditor's office.
"Before this mandate, there was only a handful of GRAMA officers (in the state)," Christensen said.
The records officer certification puts her out front of those still having to meet the state requirement, and allows her to continue doing a job she has now been directly responsible for since 1997, Tremea said.
Over that time, Christensen said, she has worked closely with the Davis County Attorney's Office in responding to GRAMA requests.
It is Christensen's experience, and having 34 grandchildren, that has led to her being known by county elected leaders as the "grandma of GRAMA," Tremea said.
"I really have a great admiration for Christensen. We don't have issues, because we follow the law," Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.
"People can trust what she does," Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs added.
Of the GRAMA requests the county receives, Christensen said, the overwhelming majority are from the public.
She said she receives only about six requests from the media each year, with those particular requests generally much more specific in nature, making them easier to respond to.
Christensen has been employed in the county's office that handles GRAMA requests since 1992.