By Taylor Short
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE - The Copperas Cove City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday outlining expectations for city personnel when blogging or using other types of social media.
Human Resources Director Kelli Sames said this is an area of policy that is recommended by the Texas Municipal League to be addressed by cities with the rising prominence of social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Myspace or LinkedIn and websites that allow users to maintain blogs.
The Texas Workforce Commission also offers a proposed policy on its website, Sames said.
The ordinance states that personal blogging during work, registering for networks with city e-mail addresses and posting photos, logos or any other material is prohibited "if such disclosure harms the city's reputation and/or goodwill."
It also establishes that the city may "monitor access, use and postings to the Internet to ensure compliance to the management of information systems."
City Manager Andrea Gardner said that information technology staff typically check to ensure that personnel are not visiting blocked or prohibited websites during work, but that it is the responsibility of department supervisors to make sure employees are doing the work they were paid to do.
"Whether we enforce this or not remains to be seen, but it gives staff tools needed in place if there is an issue," Councilman Charlie Youngs said.