Email Purge Poses Faulconer’s First Policy Challenge
Just days before handing over the office, interim mayor Todd Gloria casually dropped the bomb the city would delete all emails older than a year, starting at the end of this month. What’s a new mayor to do?
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Kevin Faulconer speaks to reporters at his campaign headquarters on Election Day.
Days into his tenure, new Mayor Kevin Faulconer already has his first tough nut to crack: the floated purge of all city staff emails older than a year.
Late last week, Council President Todd Gloria’s spokeswoman Katie Keach confirmed the rumors. Here’s an excerpt from the email she wrote to Scott Lewis:
In developing an email retention policy, there was a need to balance availability of information with the fiscal costs related to its storage.
If the City of San Diego were to continue with an indefinite e-mail retention period, we would need to look at replacing the archive system in the next fiscal year (and no funding was requested for FY 2015). One time costs to replace our Nearpoint system range from $400k – $500k.
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