Sunday, February 6, 2011

Former state Superintendent Sandy Garrett denies ordering her e-mail account deleted

Former Oklahoma schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett said Saturday she didn't direct a state employee to delete her e-mail account and is positive the deleted e-mails can be retrieved, The Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, a state Department of Education employee who helps maintain the e-mail accounts said Garrett asked her late on Jan. 7 to delete the account immediately.

Garrett's version of that conversation was the exact opposite.

"I certainly wouldn't order anybody to delete anything," Garrett told the AP. "The first call I got on this, I thought it was a joke."

The article doesn't address the claim reported Saturday that Garrett was communicating with her staff via her private e-mail accounts or what happened to those e-mails.

I still hope, as I noted on this blog Saturday, that there has a misunderstanding and all Garrett's e-mails conducting the public's business remain available at the Education Department.

Because if Garrett did order her e-mail account wiped clean, that would be one of the most outrageous and egregious violations of the public trust by a statewide elected official that I've seen in Oklahoma.

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications

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