by Logan Gruber
Soon, residents will be able to email city council members at official city addresses.
In light of recent state and national issues with email records, the council asked its staff at the Sept. 14 city council meeting whether the mayor and council could have city-issued email addresses instead of mixing work and personal emails in their personal accounts.
City Administrator Ross Olson and Community Development Director Todd Schultz both said it could easily be done now.
“We did have a city email for the mayor years ago, but it could only be accessed from city hall,” Olson said.
Now, with new technology, the email can be retrieved from anywhere, on multiple devices. Council members have city issued iPads where they can receive official emails, and the emails can also be tied to their personal mobile devices.
A vote wasn’t needed, but staff was directed to move forward on creating the new email addresses soon.
For now, the city has the usernames and passwords to the mayor and city council’s personal emails so they can be accessed if need be by city staff.