FARMINGTON — Debate surrounding Councilwoman Mary Fischer's email account has taken on a life of its own.

What began as a discussion about communication has turned into a debate over the rights and privileges of elected officials, the extent of Mayor Tommy Roberts' powers and how officials should represent their constituents.

While officials wait for a legal opinion from Jay Burnham, city attorney, Fischer has taken the issue to the state attorney general's office.

Roberts took the discussion a step further at Tuesday morning' work session, requesting a council consensus vote on whether to draft a resolution regarding elected officials' email accounts and communication.

"It seems to me that this discussion ought to be broadened," he said. "We need to think about how we as a council expect (communication) to occur. What should constituents expect?"

Councilmembers gave their consensus in a 4-1 vote.


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