February 27, 2009
WCBI-TV Thursday night reported David Armstrong, the city''s chief operations officer, was suspended for using his city computer for personal reasons.
Neither city officials nor Armstrong would confirm the suspension this morning, declining to discuss "personnel matters."
WCBI reported Armstrong admitted posting personal ads on the Internet and technicians are checking his computer for violations to the city''s ban on personal use of city computers.
In January of 2007, the city adopted an appropriate computer usage policy for all city employees.
A lawyer, Armstrong began work in Columbus in October of 2006.
He served as mayor and city manager of Natchez from 1988 to 1992. From 1999 to 2004, he was the county administrator in DeSoto County and he managed Forsyth County in Georgia in 2004 and 2005.
The Columbus City Council is expected to discuss Armstrong''s suspension Tuesday night, the station said.
Chris commented at 2/28/2009 12:53:00 AM:
Will the City Council now also look into allegations of the Mayor using city crews to do personal work for him that I've heard?
Myra commented at 2/28/2009 5:42:00 PM:
It amazes me that the city will spend so much time dealing with the non-essential that there is no money left to do the essential. Our police department hasn't solved murders that are years (c)old. Now the City Council is concerned that an employee is using the computer for personal business that doesn't amount to a hill of beans...get real Columbus.
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