Columbus Mayor Sets the Record Straight

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by Lindsey Connell
WTVM News Reporter
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July 11, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WXTX)-- With the primary election only days away, voters in Muscogee County are gearing up to vote "yes" or "no" on a one-percent sales tax.

And despite previous reports, Columbus' Mayor wants to make it known that LOST propaganda has not circulated thru the city's computer system.

This week, WTVM received tips from callers who said an email had been sent out over Columbus' city computer system encouraging employees to vote "yes" for the LOST. Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington denies that happened.

He does, however, confirm that an employee in the coroner's office put out a memo from their personal email account using their work computer supporting a particular candidate in the race for coroner.

He says the issue was immediately addressed with that employee.

"That was unacceptable but that was on a separate matter and there's been nothing put out on the LOST. I want to make it clear- nobody has promoted this LOST on the internet, on our local computer system."

The mayor says policies are in place in the city prohibiting employees from sending campaign-related emails over the city's computer system from either their personal email account or their work email account.