So the NCCo ethics commision report is out on County Council President Paul Clark’s email “accident” last June (when he sent an email to the developer community with his wife’s signature from her law firm) and other members of council questioned his objectivity on land-use matters.
The report details how he didn’t know how to convert a word document to a pdf (Clark’s assistant did have the ability to do the conversion), so he sent it to his wife so she could do it at her law firm and then he copy & pasted her return email (and also included her signature).
He’s always admitted that he’s not too smart with the computers and that’s how this whole thing happened. The report notes it was a close vote by the commission – 3 members were in favor of finding a violation (2 against). Four votes are needed, so the case is dismissed and Clark is found ethical.
The report also disclosed that he ordered two county employees to delete 5,000 emails from his county office computer last summer as the investigation into the complaint was underway. He claims he was not trying to hide anything and gave this reason:
Clark said he was concerned about the lack of security on his council office computer and wanted to clear it so that anyone accessing his e-mails remotely would be identified by the county’s central server.
What exactly does that mean? Is his office computer capable of receiving anonymous remote connections? Is our county network that unsecure?
Either Clark is really dumb or he is a genious playing the dumb card. What do you think?