Friday, January 9, 2009
THE GUARDIAN recently learned about employees of the Canyon Sheriff's Department getting terminated for saying things that offended Chief Deputy Gary Duelen.
Their county phones were wire tapped. Apparently, vocalizing opinions about their fearless leaders meant more than the quality and quantity of work output and attention to the details of the job. Big Brother got heavy handed in this instance and dismissed a lot of institutional knowledge, expensive training and tenure with the department. The knife went quick and deep in this instace...Et Tu Brutus!
Some years back, the county put out a notice of "no expectation of privacy in the workplace". This means they can legally tap phones, computers and even bug offices.
All of this is perfectly legal. So if you are a county employee, please be aware of this and keep your words and thoughts soft and tender as they may come back to haunt you.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 11:06 AM