The League of Women Voters commends The Tribune for bringing to public attention the issue of email retention policies in our local government agencies (“A note to agencies: Keep emails,” Jan. 28).
The League supports an open-government system that is representative, accountable and responsive. We support policies that protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision-making.
Government cannot be held accountable and citizens cannot engage in informed participation in government decisionmaking if information on that decision-making is not available to the public and to the media.
We support your call for all government agencies in the county to develop policies to ensure that email records dealing with government business, the people’s business, are retained for a minimum of two years.