PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Governor John Kitzhaber’s office asked for thousands of his personal emails to be destroyed from the state archives, officials told KOIN6 News
Matt Shelby, spokesman for the Department of Administrative Services, which maintains the state archives, said they received a request asking that personal emails from the governor – sent on a gmail account – which were being mistakenly auto-forwarded to the state archives, be deleted.
Shelby said that there has been some confusion in the press because the governor also uses a gmail account to conduct state business. That account is also auto-forwarded.
“When it was discovered that his personal emails were being auto-forwarded, we informed the governor’s office,” says Shelby. “They then requested that those emails be deleted. We would never delete an email related to state business.”
Shelby said the fact that personal emails were being forwarded in the process of filling public records requests.
“We are going to go through each record individually and make a determination,” says Shelby.
The personal emails have also been the subject of public records requests, which the governor has challenged.