No oversight of officials’ public, private emails

Estes Park Trail-Gazette: While many Estes Park residents are aware of Town Board Policy 107 which details the rules surrounding the public posting of Town Board and Mayoral emails, far fewer are aware of a small list of keywords that can be used at the discretion of citizens and elected officials to hide emails from the public view.

Policy 107 applies to the incoming and outgoing emails of the Town Board, including the Mayor, and states that its purpose is to, “provide the highest level of transparency and ease of access to the general public of all public record emails generated by Town Trustees.”

There are five words that anyone can use in the subject line of an email (whether it is between a citizen and an elected official or between multiple elected officials) that will automatically hide that email and all replies hidden from public view.

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