City Council will consider ordinance that allows secret recordings

Fort Wayne City Council, File

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An ordinance was introduced at city council Tuesday night that would protect city employees from being fired if they make a secret recording.

In Indiana it is legal to record a conversation as long as one person is aware of it, but last year the city passed an ordinance that allowed city offices to fire someone who made a recording without being authorized to do so.

You might remember when a city employee secretly recorded former City Clerk Sandy Kennedy. That employee later resigned after turning over the recording to officials.

“As we found out in the city clerk’s office last year that actually exposed some illegal activity that we would not have known about otherwise, so I don’t think someone should be fired for doing something that might actually be a good thing for the city both transparency and in some ways that people can be treated more fairly,” Councilman John Crawford, who introduced the ordinance, said.

The ordinance will be discussed in next week’s committee session.

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