By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The Washington County Commissioners have refused to impose a policy eliminating privacy from county employees' e-mail.
County Human Resources Director Alan Davis said the e-mail policy would have made it clear to employees that e-mail should be used only for county business and could be read at any time by their superiors.
The policy, which would have clearly stated that all e-mail was the property of the county, was endorsed by County Attorney Richard Douglas.
Under the policy, "willful violations" of the policy, such as using e-mail for solicitation or personal, political or religious reasons, could result in an employee being disciplined or fired.