A Citywide E-mail Policy Tops Jackson Agenda

A Citywide E-mail Policy Tops Jackson Agenda

The Jackson City Council held its first meeting of the new year last night, and it was the first meeting in 18 years without Mike Daly as City Manager.  With Interim Manager Susan Peters, the Council discussed a proposed new e-mail policy for the city and its personnel.  Currently most City Council members use personal e-mails to conduct some city business.  While the topic of official vs. private e-mail received much discussion during the Presidential campaign, California law is unclear on the subject, including when such communications are covered under public records requests.  While the City has a proposed policy that would require use of city e-mails, the current e-mail system has limitations in storage and number of addresses that make implementation difficult. The Council directed staff to explore an upgrade to the e-mail system, and an e-mail policy that would cover all employees and positions such as Commissioners and Council-Members.  The Council also approved a list of committee assignments for the Council-Members, designating who will serve on various special-subject committees, such as budget, transportation and tourism.

 

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