Sumner city clerk fired for emailing personal records home

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 7:43 PM

SUMNER, Wash. --- Sumner's city administrator is sending apology letters to 3,600 people who had names, addresses and birthdates emailed to a city clerk's personal email account.

The city fired the temporary clerk after she admitted to emailing the records to her personal account.
Since there is no evidence the records were opened, the clerk will not face criminal charges, according to city spokesperson Carmen Palmer.

Palmer said the employee, who is not being identified, told police she sent the emails to her personal account in an attempt to be more proficient with the city's forms and records.

"She's worked in many different courts in the region," said Palmer, "She wanted to be more familiar with Sumner's system."

The files the employee mailed to herself did not include Social Security Numbers - just names, addresses and birthdates. The employee had been filling in for a clerk on medical leave.

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