CITY OF DEER PARK, OHIO, COUNCIL MEMBER, LORI SUSYNE NEWSOM, WARD 1–USES CITY OF DEER PARK, OHIO, FACEBOOK PAGE TO PROMOTE HER OWN BUSINESS–IS THIS EVEN ETHICAL?
I AM NOT A LAWYER. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE.)
Several years ago at a City of Deer Park, Ohio, City Council meeting, Lori Newsom, Ward 1 City Council Member, engaged in a discussion about the then lack of a FACEBOOK page for The City of Deer Park, Ohio.
There was some banter between then Safety-Service Director Michael J. Berens and her over whom would retain control and administer it?
As I recall, Berens and Newsom, both, eventually, had the exclusive control over it as to what, where, when, and how things were to be posted upon it?
It was mentioned and implied that this would be utilized to inform the citizenry of events and happenings within The City of Deer Park, Ohio.
To cite as an example the white message sign board in front of The City of Deer Park, Ohio, City Council Administration building has been lit up, but completely blank for several days now.
Did any of you notice the lack of any posting on it that there was a public City Council meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017?
Should that signage not be utilized for postings about any and all public meetings in Deer Park, Ohio?
And, how about that city Facebook page?
How often have you read of the dates, times, locations of any public meeting in Deer Park, Ohio, upon it, huh?
Citizenry have noticed recently that Lori Newsom has taken it upon herself to post YOU TUBE videos and do interviews with several businesses in The City of Deer Park, Ohio, owners/ staffers, and post upon the “official” City of Deer Park, Ohio, city Facebook page.
She has, also, recently taken it upon herself to post and promote her business within this series.*
Citizenry are inquiring as to the ethics of having a purported city controlled Facebook page–ala The City of Deer Park, Ohio,–which, obviously now has promoted the self business interests of the Administrator, to wit: one–(1)– Lori Newsom, City Council Member, Ward 1, — of this purported city Facebook page, to “exclusively” control over what, where, whom, when, etc., is allowed and posted upon it, including mentioning her business by name?
In that The City of Deer Park, Ohio, has a “new” Safety-Service Director, William A. Jetter, Doctor, I recently contacted him concerning this issue.
I queried him as to if he had any Administrator “control” over what is posted on the site of this city Facebook page, by whom, where, when, content, etc.?
He replied to me that he had none.
In my personal opinion a “city” Facebook page should not be utilized to self-promote the business of any appointed/ or elective official with The City of Deer Park, Ohio.
It should never ever be allowed to have as its sole administrator one single person that alone has complete control over as to what, when, where, how, and whom may post upon it, especially an appointed or elected official–Mayor, City Council, etc.)
Am I missing something here, huh, boys and girls?
If Lori Newsom wants to promote her business, cannot she create and post upon her own Facebook page?
If no, why?
What say ye?)
September 26, 2017)