Mayor Mike Houston’s director of communications says changes are being made to ensure that messages through the city’s website are getting to aldermen more quickly.
Some city council members are concerned that website messages were being routed through Nathan Mihelich’s office before being forwarded on to them. Mihelich says it may have appeared that way because of quirks in the website… but he insists he has not been snooping into aldermen’s e-mails.
But Mihelich acknowledges that the way the system was set up, his status as administrator could have allowed him to see those messages… just as any message that comes through a city website could eventually become a public record.
Alderman Cory Jobe has filed a FOIA request seeking more information about messages that went to Mihelich, including any that were intended for himself or other aldermen. Mihelich says that request is under review.