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Updating a story that WYSH Radio brought you last week, officials with the city of Clinton say they are awaiting a response from the Anderson County Mayor’s Office to their response to her request last week for e-mail and other electronic communications involving City Codes Officer Curtis Perez.
Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank requested all e-mails involving Perez and anyone in the County Public Works Office as it pertains to David Crowley, the director of Public Works for Anderson County. Crowley is under indictment for allegedly inspecting five homes without the proper certification, and that case has resulted in turmoil in the Anderson County Courthouse.
After the request was made last week in Clinton, officials decided to wait for guidance from the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, or MTAS, as to how to respond, and they placed Perez’s computer into the evidence room at the Clinton Police Department until they received that guidance. The city declined the request for records, saying that it was too vague, but indicated they would provide the desired information when they received a more specific request.
On Friday, a computer technician copied all of the e-mails from Perez’s computer in order to preserve the forensic evidence and then cloned the hard drive for his computer. The cloned hard drive is now in the evidence room, and Perez’s computer has been returned to him, allowing him to do his job.
In the meantime, WYSH has also learned that Hugh Ward, David Crowley’s attorney, has filed an open records request seeking e-mails, cell phone records, text messages, notes, reports, memorandums, audio-visual recordings, or any electronic materials related to the case from five Anderson County Commissioners listed as having been interviewed by the District Attorney’s Office. Since they could be potential witnesses in the case, the request is asking for records from commissioners Zach Bates, Steve Emert, Tim Isbel, Tracy Wandell, and Jerry White, and it covers their official duties as commissioners.
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