City may require employees to take public records training


The controversial question of how Bakersfield City Hall handles its emails got a partial answer Monday when a city council committee recommended more training for staffers about what do to with their email. Open government advocates have said cities should treat emails as public documents and retain them for public access. The requests prompted a council examination of the issue.

Members of the council's Legislative and Litigation Committee last month discussed whether to change the city's policy but city staff responded that requiring workers to keep emails longer than they do currently would be costly and unnecessary. Councilwoman Sue Benham, who chairs the panel, had challenged city staff to look beyond maintaining the current policy. Council members Rudy Salas and Jacquie Sullivan are the other two members of the committee.