Flaherty to hold 3 p.m. presser outside City Hall on new email deletion developments
City Councillor Michael Flaherty has scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference outside City Hall over Secretary of State William Galvin's announcement that he's forwarding his findings to Attorney General Martha Coakley.
From the State House News Service: Saying "it is clear that some records were deleted inappropriately and without permission," Secretary of State William Galvin announced Thursday morning his office is forwarding findings regarding in inquiry into Menino administration emails to Attorney General Martha Coakley for further review. Galvin said he was satisfied that all records from Menino's former chief policy advisory Michael Kineavy's two hard drives, the city's enterprise vault and the city's server "that were capable of being recovered have been recovered using reasonable means available." In a statement referencing the "alleged deletion of emails by staff" at Boston City Hall," Coakley said her office has worked closely with Galvin's staff over the past two weeks, focusing on recovering and preserving emails as public records and ensuring that those records are retained and publicly accessible. The next phase of investigation, according to a statement from Coakley, "will focus on determining whether there was any willful, intentional violation of the law." Coakley said her office was prepared to take action if necessary.
GALVIN'S STATEMENT: "I am satisfied that all records from Mr. Kineavy's two hard drives, the City's enterprise vault and the City's servers that were capable of being recovered have been recovered using reasonable means available.
"The Supervisor of Records will continue to work with the City to assign retention periods to the recovered records based on the content of each record and the Supervisor is satisfied that the City has implemented new policies and procedures to prevent the deletion of records in the future.
"After a review of the recovered records, it is clear that some records were deleted inappropriately and without permission. It is the jurisdiction of the Attorney General's office to make a determination whether there has been a violation of law. The Supervisor will forward his findings to the Office of the Attorney General for their review and will continue to work with that office as needed. This will conclude the Supervisor of Records' review of this matter."
COAKLEY'S STATEMENT: "Two weeks ago, the Attorney General's Office began assisting Secretary of State William Galvin in his office's review of the public records and email retention practices by certain staff of the City of Boston. Over the past two weeks, we have worked closely with Secretary Galvin's staff and they have kept us informed of the progress of their review. The first phase of this investigation has been focused on recovering and preserving emails as public records, and ensuring that those records are retained and are accessible to the public.
Today, the Secretary of State's Office has completed its review of this matter, having successfully recovered and retained numerous emails that constitute public records. The matter has now been officially referred to our office, and we will continue with the second phase of the investigation. This second phase will focus on determining whether there was any willful, intentional violation of the law. Our office will carefully review this matter, and we are prepared, if necessary, to take appropriate action to address such violations."