Public Sector Text Messaging Scandals and Proactive Tips to Avoid Them

Being in the public eye is difficult.  Just ask any celebrity.  Everything they do or say can cause quite the stir, and anything they do serves as fodder for the court of public opinion.  Similar rules-and judgement-befalls employees of local and state government agencies. The only difference is their public notoriety often comes on the back of an embarrassing scandal.

Many scandals start out as local stories that gain national attention quickly, and often involve digital records about what a government employee said, and how and where they said it. These records can be found in email, social media exchanges, and even text messaging. As the use of text messaging for official communication increases, many public sector employee texts have become the centerpiece of media headlines in recent years.