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Crown Point to adopt employee social media policy

Updated: December 19, 2012 12:06PM



CROWN POINT — Officials are considering whether to adopt the Police Department’s social media policy governing the use of images and information for all city employees.

On Wednesday the Board of Works and Public Safety deferred a decision on widespread implementation of the policy pending review by the city’s legal department. In July, officials implemented a social networking policy for the Police Department at the request of Chief Pete Land.

The request noted that the city across departments had not yet officially addressed a policy specifically dealing with social networking for emerging media like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Officials said they want to have some control over how the city is represented.

“I believe it is in the best interest of the city to extend the current Police Department policy to the city as a whole,” Adam Graper, director of information technology, said. Graper and Land came up with the Police Department policy, and Graper was tasked with modifying it to apply to all workers so it can be added to the employee handbook.

The policy would address how employees use images and information associated with the city on their own personal social media accounts. It would also set out rules for employees in the city departments that use social media, such as Special Events and Parks.

“This is a policy I think we all agree on,” Mayor David Uran said.



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