The Leage of California cities addresses the tough questions: When is an email a public document? The answer might surprise you.
"Incorporating e-mail into the work environment has had an amazing impact on the efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness with which business is done. In many cases, e-mail has replaced the interoffice memo and ended the frustrating game of telephone tag between employees. For local governments, e-mail has served another purpose connecting citizens to their government. Through city websites and employee e-mail addresses, citizens can connect with their elected officials and city staffers. An e-mail message can be sent at the citizens convenience regardless of office hours and arrive almost immediately. And for elected officials, especially those who serve part time and do not keep office hours at city hall, responding to citizens by e-mail allows a timely, personal response. For many people, e-mail has replaced the telephone call. "
Thanks to Chris Steins
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