Commissioners question handling of emails

Published 9:49 am Thursday, December 31, 2020

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

If you send an email to a county commissioner from the county’s website, what happens to it?

A couple of county commissioners want to know, as well.

Mark Jones and Benita Finney told fellow commissioners earlier this month they are concerned answers are being given for them on those emails without their consent, or the emails aren’t forwarded to them at all.

Jones said he heard from a county resident who was upset with his response or lack of response to emails. He also suggested that emails may have been altered before he received them.

“That would be a great concern,” Jones said. “From a commissioner’s standpoint, it would be good if that he sends us emails, we need to see them.”

“This has brought up a lot of concerns,” Finney said. “We have been told that our emails were answered, but we have not been provided a copy of what that answer has been. At the very least, we should be copied on the answers so that we know what people are being told.”

Jones asked Interim County Manager Robin West to investigate.

“If someone is questioning me, I want to know the answer,” Finney said.

• Terry Renegar was reelected chair by fellow commissioners, and James Blakley as vice chair, each by 3-2 votes, with Finney and Jones voting no and Renegar, Richard Poindexter and Blakley voting yes.