City email and possibly city computers were used on behalf of a candidate in the City Marshal’s race.
The email address, AUSTINL@bossiercity.org, was used to send solicitations to city employees as well as for other campaign related emails. It was used as recently as this week. I have been told that the email address has been taken down as of this weekend.
Email from bossiercity.org addresses can only be accessed through city computers, or through authorized home computers that have been set up to access the city’s mainframe. Unlike some public email providers, it cannot be accessed through a personal computer (unless set up by the city) or by a cell phone.
This raises some very awkward questions.
Lynn Austin resigned from his job as CAO effective November 30th. Why did he still have a city email address and access to the account as recently as February 17th? Who authorized this?
In any event, at the very least, it is highly unethical.
You just don’t use city resources to campaign for office.