Editorial: Accountability will suffer if state employee emails are deleted

The Denver Post: Gov. Jared Polis should immediately ask state agencies to pause plans to purge thousands of state employee emails that are more than two months old. The purges, planned for Nov. 1, will forever erase public records that could someday be needed to facilitate any number of investigations into how the state is operating using taxpayer dollars.

The Denver Post’s Alex Burness reported Wednesday that two state departments — the Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Department of Corrections — had adopted policies to delete employee emails after 60 days and 30 days, respectively. That’s not nearly long enough to ensure proper oversight and maintain the ability for both the public and the state to investigate allegations of wrongdoing.

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