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Open Government Advocacy Project:
RE: Request for policy governing official use of e-mail

Issue Detail:

January 23, 2014 Charles Webster, Public Information Officer Monmouth County Prosecutor\'s Office 132 Jerseyville Ave Freehold NJ 07728 via e-mail to cwebster@co.monmouth.nj.us and prosecutor@prosecutor.co.monmouth.nj.us Dear Mr. Webster: I write on behalf of the New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project. I write specifically to you, as Public Information Officer, as you are the only person on the prosecutor\'s web site who lists his e-mail address publicly. I ask that you please forward this e-mail to the appropriate person in the Prosecutor\'s Office. The Open Government Advocacy Project respectfully requests that the Monmouth County Prosecutor\'s office issue guidelines to help local and county officials use e-mail communication in a manner that does not violate the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). Other prosecutors in New Jersey, such those from Burlington and Gloucester Counties, have issued guidelines, details of which are available at the blog link here. The matter that caused me to write to you today is a December 18, 2013 e-mail, on-line here, by Eatontown Borough Councilman Dennis J. Connelly to a quorum of elected officials regarding appointment of a municipal court judge. You will note that Council President Anthony Talerico, Jr. objected to the e-mail on the basis that it violated the OPMA. And, you will note that the e-mail to which Mr. Connelly responded, sent by Councilwoman Janice Kroposky on December 18, 2013, 11:34 a.m., was also sent to a quorum of the Borough Council. While Eatontown\'s OPMA violation may have been inadvertent, I think that it illustrates the importance of having a set of policies governing use of e-mail by public officials. Accordingly, we urge you to adopt a policy similar to those adopted in Gloucester and Burlington Counties. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Very truly yours, John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project P.O. Box 5424 Somerset, NJ 08875 Voice: 732-873-1251 Fax: 908-325-0129 e-mail: paff@pobox.com http://njopengovt.blogspot.com/2011/09/gloucester-prosecutor-issues-guidelines.html




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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: RE: Request for policy governing official use of e-mail. January 23, 2014.
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