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July 30, 2014, 8:11 am
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Developing: Constituent Emails Sent Through City Website Routed Through Mayor's Communication Office


Springfield Aldermen have concerns about constituent emails sent through the city's website are being routed through the mayor's office. 

 

The issue was raised Tuesday when Ward 6's Cory Jobe asked Communication Director Nathan Mihelich why the aldermen receive emails from the Communication Director forwarding emails sent from constituents.

 

Mihelich says that a recent change through the new website operated by his office, which is an extension of the Houston Administration, is to blame for the automated form message.

 

Alderman Kris Theilen said there have been concerns that past mayors have read emails meant for aldermen only and aldermen must "give our constituents a sense of security" in their communication with elected officials.

 

Mihelich responded that reading emails from constituents to aldermen has not been the policy since he's been working for the city.

 

Joe Davis, the City Council Coordinator, said there has been a significant decrease in the number of emails he's been sent to forward along to Aldermen since the new website was put in place last year.

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