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Morgan employee won't show e-mail on server

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A Morgan County employee continued to defy a directive from one of his five commission bosses Thursday by refusing to let him look at e-mails on the main computer server.

Also, a commissioner said he did not try to block his colleague's access to the server through a consensus vote.

David Hannah, who manages the county's data processing department, was to connect a computer to the server for District 4 Commissioner Stacy George to review e-mails.

Instead, for the third time, he called District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark.

"I went to the courthouse ready to go to work and David told me Jeff instructed him not to set up the computer," George said.

Clark is not in charge of the courthouse, so it's not clear why Hannah went to him each time concerning George's plan to look at public electronic records.

Hannah will not answer questions, as he wouldn't in November when commissioners wondered who got a racy e-mail from the computer of the ex-human resources director or Chairman John Glasscock's computer.

Someone gave the e-mail to a Channel 19 reporter who aired it and that started the probe.

Clark said Hannah started calling him Tuesday about George's intention to view the e-mails on the server. Clark said he called District 3 Commissioner Kevin Murphy and District 2 Commissioner Ken Livingston and they concurred with him to stop George from looking at the server.

Clark had Hannah take a disk containing information from all county computers and place it in data processing. George had it locked in a room.

Later Hannah took the disk to the county jail and Clark said he agreed to it.

Murphy's statement

Murphy said Thursday that he did not consent to denying George access to the server records. He said he would never try to stop George or any citizen from looking at public records.

"I never told David to lock up any computer or keep Stacy from looking at any records," Murphy said. "I look at it this way. He is an elected official and he answers to the public like I do. Whether I agree or disagree with his decision, I wouldn't try to disrespect him."

Murphy said Clark called him and told him that County Attorney Bill Shinn was sending a letter advising against anyone viewing the server without commission approval.

Murphy said he knows that a consensus vote violates the state open meetings law.

Livingston denied participating in a consensus vote Wednesday, but said he called Hannah and told him that he agreed with Clark.

George said Hannah's defiance is grounds for him to take action against the employee.

"I plan to move to terminate his employment at our commission meeting next week," George said. "I've worked with him off and on during this e-mail situation and he has been insubordinate each time. If I give him something to do and give adequate time to do it, him saying no is unacceptable. I have no choice."

George headed the e-mail investigation as chairman pro tem. Clark, Livingston and Murphy ended the probe Dec. 28.

All the commissioners are Hannah's bosses and Glasscock is his immediate supervisor.

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