Monday, August 3, 2009

Dumpster Diving...Scranton Style

According to the WNEP, Scranton Democratic Mayor Chris Doherty’s summer workers tossed police records containing confidential information into city dumpsters. The Mayor claimed that the social security number bearing documents were not meant to be tossed into a dumpster, but rather were destined for a shredder. WNEP also believes they may have found an evidence bag of marijuana tossed into the dumpster as well.

This is not the first time this has occurred. In 2006, a former police officer allegedly found confidential files strewn around an alley behind city hall. The police officer in question apparently raised the issue of the files at a Scranton City Council meeting. This prompted Doherty’s assistant solicitor to send a letter to the District Attorney asking him to investigate if there was any criminal wrongdoing on the part of the police officer for collecting the records. The letter sent to the DA can be found here (hat tip to the folks at for finding it.)

If this is the second occurrence of confidential information being carelessly handled by the administration, they should take serious action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Identity theft is a serious problem and carelessly handling vital information only contributes to the problem.


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