Apparently local TV has just wet itself over the county's HR director downloading her personal - not personnel - files. (Actually, she didn't even download them.) I'm not going to link it. I'm sure they'll update soon. Anyhoo, here's the real story so far:
Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret today took a disc full of information that county Human Resources Director Frances Fogerson had asked to be downloaded from her personal files.
Fogerson, who has served as the HR director for almost a decade and who will retire Friday, told the News Sentinel today that the disc contained “dozens of files” but they were all “frivolous.”
“There are some recipes on there and a set of menus from when we had a weight loss challenge,” she said.
Fogerson said that on Tuesday she asked county IT Director Dick Moran about what she should do with some of her personal files. Fogerson said she had some instructions that she put together for her successors and wanted to keep the information handy in case they needed help once she left.
Moran, she said, downloaded the files for her.
Jarret said Moran told him about the disc, so later Tuesday the law director called Fogerson to let her know that he needed the disc back.
“I need to see what’s on there,” he said. “(If she’s telling the truth), then it’s innocuous. But I want to make sure there is no sensitive information on there, or information that is not public record. When I called her, she immediately agreed to return the disc. She didn’t put up a fight. She said ‘OK,’ and I’ve got it now.”
Jarret said he would look over the information today.
Fogerson, whose last day is Friday, said no personnel files were on the disc.
“The way personnel files are stored, I couldn’t remove them anyway,” she said, adding that she didn’t do anything wrong.