Harford County State's Attorney Seeks Independent Data Server Amid Investigation Into County Executive's Office
HARFORD COUNTY - State's Attorney Alison Healey announced on Monday plans to establish an independent data server for her office's electronic records. The move comes after County Executive Bob Cassilly denied her office access to "official electronic data."
Healey aims to achieve independence from Cassilly amid an ongoing investigation into allegations that his office conducted unauthorized surveillance. The new server, expected to cost millions of dollars, aims to "ensure that the county administration can no longer access confidential and privileged information belonging to the state's attorney's office," Healey stated.
The conflict emerged when an executive member of Healey's office took an extended, approved leave of absence. The temporary reassignment of their duties required access to their official county email account. Jefferson Blomquist, an attorney for the county executive's office, denied this request, which Healey claims was "in retaliation for my referral of a recent investigation into their conduct."
"In spite of my attempts to resolve this professionally, I have been ignored. The lack of access to these crucial communications will unquestionably interfere with the execution of numerous vital functions within my office," said Healey.
Healey is referring to the criminal complaint lodged by County Councilman Aaron Penman. The complaint accuses County Executive Bob Cassilly of monitoring phone calls and email exchanges involving himself, the county sheriff, ex-County Executive Barry Glassman, land-use attorney Joseph Snee Jr., and several "selected citizens." Cassilly has refuted the allegations, stating that an "exhaustive internal investigation revealed no grounds" for the claims.
Cassilly spoke to reporters following Monday's press conference, asserting that Healey's claim is hypocritical, WJZ reports.
"These are absolutely public records," Cassilly said. "when I needed it, it was a crime and when you need it, it's not a crime?"
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