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George refiles to view e-mails
Commissioner amends motion to
gain access to data on county server

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Morgan County District 4 Commissioner Stacy George filed an amended motion Monday in Circuit Court seeking to view e-mails on the county's computer server.

Last week, Circuit Judge Steve Haddock denied George's request for a temporary restraining order and gave him 14 days to re-word the motion and specifically name defendants and the alleged civil wrongdoing.

In the petition George filed Monday, he states that Chairman John Glasscock, District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark and Data Processing Manager David Hannah violated the state's open records law by denying him access to the public electronic records.

"The specific records were then taken to the Sheriff's Department for storage and may or may not still be there," the petition states.

George is asking for a restraining order against the men.

Hannah took a copy of the e-mail server's backup disk to the jail after George requested the records about three weeks ago.

George's attorney, Hubert Porter, is asking the judge to order the defendants, Glasscock, Clark and Hannah, to provide the disk that's at the Sheriff's Department and to grant George the right to view all public records that are not specifically excluded by law or sealed by a judge.

The commission majority ended an e-mail investigation Dec. 28 and denied George's request to allow a computer expert to examine the server, which is one of seven county servers.

A sexually charged e-mail that the former human resources director sent to Glasscock prompted the investigation.

The probe uncovered 50
additional images of nude women on Glasscock's computer and 98 on the director's.

Examination of 17 other elected officials' and department heads' computers yielded clean results.

Recently, the expert examined the hard drives of Revenue Commissioner Amanda Scott and her chief clerk and found no pornographic material.

Sheriff Greg Bartlett has refused to allow an examination of his hard drive and those of his employees. Also, he told the computer expert not to look at the Sheriff's Department's e-mails on the county server. He said sensitive information such as material regarding homeland security would be at risk.

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