Computers and other electronic devices are a normal part of the city operations and communications with citizens, businesses, other government agencies and between city employees. Policies should be developed to give employees guidance on acceptable behavior, safekeeping and use of this equipment and the ramifications of misuse.
The use of these electronic modes is predicated upon the demand and sophistication of the users rather than on a city’s population, so each policy needs to be customized. Many cities may use email, electronic banking and host a Web site, while others will also use Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms. The policies linked to this page are from a sampling of cities at these different usage levels. Some computer use policies stand alone while others are part of the city’s personnel policy. In whatever manner a city decides to adopt a policy, it is advised to work closely with the city attorney and ensure all city officials, both elected and appointed, understand the policy.