The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office has started deleting some emails after just 30 days in a move that has some government watchdogs concerned.
A new policy of deleting emails that are more than 180 days old will take effect countywide next year, but the sheriff’s office policy already is moving more quickly than that.
The policy will initially have employees move important email records into a system that retains them on a long-term basis, according to Judy Regensheid, the county’s chief of operations, who insists important data contained in emails will be preserved.
“Nothing is changing relating to the content of data. No matter what, we’re bound by Data Practices Act, so no matter what the format is, we’re required to keep data,” Regensheid said. “None of that is changing at all.”
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s stricter policy allows his deputies and other…