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September 15, 2014, 4:30 am
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Official Emails as Public Records Now Under Question at SPD

There are new questions about what documents Springfield City Hall is keeping, and what documents it is destroying.


Lawsuit plaintiff Calvin Christian says he has been told by city officials in response to his latest FOIA request that they have no emails from Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher for the months of April and May.


That covers the time when Buscher's file and other internal affairs records were shredded.


A mayoral spokesman says not all emails from city computers are public record, and those that are not can be purged within two weeks.


But a state official says emails that relate to official department business should be retained and accessible by the public.

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