In the May 7, 2015 Oakland Press website posting titled,
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ann Marie Rogers attempted to defend her forwarding of ‘privileged and confidential’ material to others by saying she never signed anything preventing her from doing that. Here is a portion of that article:
Rogers noted she was never asked to sign an agreement stating she not share attorney-client communications following her 2012 election to the board.
The wording in the ‘Privileged and Confidential’ statements attached to legal documents always makes it clear what is not to be done with those documents. It appears Commissioner Rogers did not believe it applied to her.
Comments made by others involved in this recent Oakland Township issue appear to shed some light on their value systems.
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? Our elected and appointed official’s actions should be based on a generally accepted value system and must be held accountable for their actions.
It is surprising that Parks Commissioner Rogers, after serving on the Parks Commission for over two years, states she was never asked to sign an agreement stating she not share attorney-client communications. She apparently does not feel anything wrong was done, and has not read the ‘privileged and confidential’ statements on the documents she received.
In an earlier Oakland Press article, former Trustee Thalmann stated she thought she was ‘collateral damage’ and the issue would all ‘go away’ if she resigned. She too apparently does not feel anything wrong was done, and had not read the ‘privileged and confidential’ statements on the documents she received and forwarded.
Here is that Oakland Press article:
Finally, the husband of the third party involved in receiving some of the ‘privileged and confidential’ material (including ‘closed session’ material) has attempted to justify at various Township meetings, his wife’s receipt of the material, by claiming since they were emails, they were “on a server”, and therefore not secure. He apparently does not feel anything wrong was done. He has asked that in the future all ‘privileged and confidential’ material be hand delivered in paper form, no emails. This individual is also a member of the Oakland Township Zoning Board of Appeals, who occasionally receives legal ‘privileged and confidential’ material. Hopefully he has read and understands the wording in the ‘privileged and confidential’ statements.
It is amazing the logic individuals use when they try to justify their unjustifiable behavior.
Oakland Township deserves the best elected and appointed officials. We hope Commissioner Rogers steps down and a new Commissioner is selected. We also hope the Oakland Township Board makes a good selection for the vacant seat on the Board in the upcoming meetings.