Public business, private email — Local government officials divided on email preference

TRAVERSE CITY — When it comes to the deets on public officials in the five-county Grand Traverse area, it’s a toss-up. Government-issued email? Or personal email?

While there are no hard and fast rules, nearly all county and city employees and elected officials in the Record-Eagle’s five-county coverage area that includes Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties use a government-issued email.

But when it comes to those who work in smaller municipalities — village clerks, township treasurers, planning commissioners, trustees and more — contact info consists of a mishmash of government emails, personal emails and no emails at all. (Read more here…)