The council has investigated city staff before for computer abuse. City attorney was fined.

February 28, 2013

While Mayor Ashton Hayward and his team are pondering a new social media policy that would prohibit city staff from attacking city council, someone needs to give the group a history lesson. In the pre-strong mayor era, a similar issue arose and then-Mayor Mike Wiggins was much more decisive.

In August 2008, Councilwoman Maren DeWeese handed her fellow council members a series of emails from City Attorney Rusty Wells to fellow city staff where he insulted the council and said he would rather be surfing porn that listen to a presentation. DeWeese received the emails in response to a public records request on the BP negotiations. A motion to investigate passed 6-4.

Mayor Mike Wiggins recommended at the next council meeting a motion to discipline City Attorney Rusty Wells by fining him three days pay for his inappropriate e-mails. That motion passed 6-2, with Councilmembers DeWeese and Sam Hall dissenting. Larry B. Johnson and P.C. Wu were absent from the meeting.

To date, Mayor Hayward has announced no investigation of the anonymous blog posts.

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  • Ed March 2, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Cosson has proven to be a liar plain and simple. As a citizen, Im leery of anything he has to safe as a Public Information Officer for the city. He should be terminated. Where is Arnold Schwarzenegger when you need him? What else has he not been truthful about? Scary that he is the mayor’s mouthpiece.

  • What a Joke February 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    If city employees are posting during work hours, the mayor can prohibit them from doing so. But really, the mayor doesn’t care if employees are attacking the city council. He wants them to attack council members & support him. Just because someone works for the city doesn’t mean that they lose their right to express their views on matters of public concern. So if an employee brings in a laptop & posts during their lunch hour, or if they post from home, the mayor can’t do anything about it.

  • Ames February 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    They should each have their pay docked. One would wish they had better things to do.

  • Riddler February 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Riddle me this – what is the difference between a public records request of the suspect emails and an investigation of the source of the suspect emails?

    Answer – it is much more melodramatic to request an investigation than to perform a simple public
    records request.

    Wiggins never ordered an investigation as Deweese performed the discovery on her own and handed it to Council. Apples to oranges my friend.