Attorney General’s Office has an email retention policy, but it’s pretty much worthless

MINOT, N.D. — The deletion of email accounts for former Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who died earlier this year, as well as his former deputy Troy Seibel, has raised a lot of eyebrows.

Stenehjem’s long-time executive assistant, Liz Brocker, said she ordered the deletion Stenehjem’s email account with the permission of Seibel. She then ordered the deletion of Seibel’s account, months later after he left the Attorney General’s Office, apparently on her own.

And, if you listen to certain talk radio shows, there a whole lot of conspiracy theories about what might have been in those emails. We’re not going to spend any time on that sort of thing, because we should work on facts, not conjecture based on a desire to shoehorn this ugly situation into a political agenda.

A question many of you readers keep asking me as this story has unfolded is, didn’t the Attorney General’s Office have a policy for records retention that applies to emails?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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