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Glasscock vows e-mail explanation Tuesday

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Morgan County Commission Chairman John Glasscock said his computer staff would explain Tuesday how e-mail was disappearing from the county's server.

Glasscock's promise came after a 45 minute meeting in his office with county Attorney Bill Shinn, computer employees David Hannah and Ricky Brewer, and Syble Atkins, county administrator.

Hannah, manager of data processing, refused to answer questions of The Daily's computer expert and a reporter and so did Glasscock, who said he is incapable of answering questions about computers.

Glasscock was in a miff when talking to Daily employees.

"In the morning the computer guys will give a full report of what's going on," Glasscock said.

The Daily computer expert was going to question Hannah about information he gave to Glasscock and Sheriff Greg Bartlett about why some e-mails are missing from the county's main server.

"I have no comment," Hannah said. He heads the department and works under Glasscock's supervision.

The Daily employees first went to Hannah's office and were told that he and Brewer, a computer technician, were at the county jail. Instead they were in a meeting with Shinn, Glasscock and Atkins.

Glasscock said Hannah told him last week that Outlook Express cannot handle all the e-mails and the server is perhaps overloaded. Records show that the county has Microsoft Outlook, which is different from Outlook Express, an expert said.

Bartlett wrote Glasscock a letter Thursday informing him that some of his office e-mails were missing after he reviewed server e-mails in response to The Daily's request for screen capture printouts between April 1 and June 14, 2006 of e-mails sent by him and two employees.

He asked Glasscock to investigate.

Glasscock said if necessary he would bring in the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the FBI.

Glasscock said Monday that Hannah and computer technician Brewer would reveal the problem Tuesday during a work session that begins at 8:30 a.m.

In the meantime, District 4 Commissioner Stacy George filed a petition Monday asking a circuit judge to order immediate inventory of computer records. The petition states that since some records are reported missing, it's possible that someone violated a court order Judge Steve Haddock issued. Haddock granted a temporary restraining order for George weeks ago that prohibited destruction of electronic records.

An e-mail of naked women that Glasscock received, and forwarded to others, is the root of the controversy that started in November after a television reporter aired the story.

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