Advocate asks prosecutor for policy on municipal emails

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing a request by an open-government advocate to create a policy for the use of email communications by public officials that is consistent with the Open Public Meetings Act.

The request, made Jan. 23 by John Paff of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project, was prompted by controversy involving email exchanges among four members of the Eatontown Borough Council about a political appointment.

The goal of the Open Government Advocacy Project is to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels of government, Paff said.

“There was an OPMA violation, and I wrote that the Monmouth County prosecutor should develop a policy so that officials will know better than to use email as opposed to live meetings to discuss public policy,” Paff said. Continue>>>