What readers should know in response to “Rock Hall Board Resigns”

“Rock Hall Board Members Resign

By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@thekentcountynews.com 3/22/18

ROCK HALL — During Monday night’s meeting of the Rock Hall Communications Board, all three members tendered their resignation.

A seen on the live-stream of the meeting, Secretary Kate Johnson, who started the discussion about the board’s lack of utility, said that the group had been asked to do “almost nothing” in two years of meeting….

Johnson voiced concerns over Jones’ use of the town’s social media pages. Johnson said it would be easy for Jones to access email addresses and contact information for individuals notified by the site, which she worries could be used in a political campaign…

Linda Buckle, vice-chairman of the board, expressed her frustration with some responsibilities of the Communications Board being given to Washington College interns…their contact information on the town’s website, wasn’t being handled in a professional manner…

Johnson also discussed Jones’ “My Vision for Rock Hall” section of the town’s website. Johnson said the text had been copied from another city’s website…

“The content with the new website was built out from many different sources,” Jones said in an email (to the editor). “I do see similarities but do not recall any content being imported from other sites”…

Jones also thanked the members for their service. “The resignation does not come as a surprise,” Jones said in an email (to the editor). “The remaining members of the board had a difficult time trying to determine what their responsibilities were, versus what administrative functions were completed by town staff”…

Councilwoman Beth Andrews, the liaison for the Communications Board, said that the lack of communication and sharing of information between the bodies was shameful.”

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as posted on 3/28/18   In Response to “Rock Hall  Board Resigns”

Mr Dan Divilio, Editor, Kent County News

Editor:

We thank the Kent County News for its 3/22/18 report, “Rock Hall Board Members Resign,” but we want to correct two statements by Mayor Brian Jones.

First, he stated, “The remaining members of the board had a difficult time trying to determine what their responsibilities were, versus what administrative functions were completed by town staff.” Not true.

The Communications Board’s duties are described in the Town Code, a fact the mayor ignores. “The Communications Board … shall be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering a communications strategy for the Town of Rock Hall, and as such, shall … ensure that the Town’s website provides accurate and timely information in a user-friendly manner.“

Our role was clear. However, the mayor prevented us from having access to the tools necessary to fulfill our responsibilities.

Jones’ second statement deals with his plagiarism on the website. As reported, he said: “The content with the new website was built out from many different sources. I do see similarities, but do not recall any content being imported from other sites.” Again, not true.

“My Vision for Rock Hall” –posted by the mayor—was not on the website at its launch. He added this after he became mayor in May 2015. It can readily be compared, verbatim, to “My Vision for Seattle” as posted in January 2014. For example, Seattle’s “A Safe City” became Rock Hall’s “A Safe Town.” Compare “Public safety is the foremost responsibility of city government. All Seattle residents deserve to be secure in their homes….” to “Public safety is the foremost responsibility of municipalities. All Rock Hall residents deserve to be secure in their homes….” And so on, without attribution.

Content for Rock Hall’s website was written by the Website Focus Group. When the website was launched in April 2015, there was no content scraped, borrowed, or stolen from any other source. It was all original, and not “built out” from any other sources. Only after the mayor took control of the website content did we see these examples of theft of intellectual property.

The mayor’s statements to your reporter are exactly the type of misleading and deceptive behavior that led to our resignations.

Rock Hall’s website is the voice of the town, not the mayor. Members of the Town Council should demand enforcement of the Town Code, and the Town’s website and social media should be overseen by an appointed, qualified, volunteer Communications Board, not by one person, especially not a mayor with his own agenda.

Jan Plotczyk, former Chair

Linda Buckle, former Vice-Chair

Kate Johnson, former Secretary

ALSO SEE PDF LINKS BELOW

To see the plageriarism of intelectual property by Town of Rock Hall    Comparisons Office of the Mayor

3.19.18 Commboard Meeting Minutes