Minneapolis City Hall vet on leave over records

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER and RANDY FURST , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: September 26, 2012 - 5:12 AM

Minneapolis housing inspections chief and co-worker are accused of abusing state database, but his lawyer says he did nothing wrong.

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rshacklefordSep. 25, 12 9:44 PM

"Mr. Deegan categorically denies doing anything wrong," Engh said. "Over 40 city employees have done the same thing and have not been charged." ---- Excellent statement for the record. Then, if no one did anything wrong, no one will get fired. But, if one person is found to have done wrong, Deegan goes too. No more special treatment due to political connections, years of service, or status of position (which in this case should mean Deegan would be MORE responsible for doing something wrong).

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chlyn001Sep. 26, 1212:34 AM

Let's let the facts speak. Let's also not rush to judgment of a long time loyal and dedicated employee. I can't believe he would be guilty of anything, except like any of us, maybe a touch of carelessness. I am NOT saying he WAS careless, but that, if anything, that would probably be the worst plausible thing he could have been, and maybe even inadvertently too, if he was careless. He has always seemed to be a fair minded person to me.

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canuck99Sep. 26, 12 5:40 AM

He has to know that giving his password to other employees will result in them looking up information they have no business seeing. That's why those people don't have their own login and password in the first place!

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mplsfireSep. 26, 12 6:19 AM

Yet another example of a government employee becoming abusive of the power that each of them have, but do not realize. And chlyn001, before you trumpet Mr. Deegan's fairness, you should make sure he did not run your DL.

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thetruthurtsSep. 26, 12 8:22 AM

Prove he did it first before ruining his life. The term scapegoat comes to mind.

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listen2rezonSep. 26, 12 9:03 AM

If you want to see if someone has a court record or driving violation, just go to www.mncourts.gov The information is available for the world to see...happy searching!!

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mattyjpSep. 26, 1211:10 AM

I believe they should look for evidence that Deegan and/or Karney, others are some of the city employees that has been providing unauthorized insider information to north Minneapolis blogger Johnny Northside (John Hoff). Up until recently, Hoff has had access to non-public information, much of it relating to housing inspections, and non-public information regarding police and fire investigations that involved the inspections department. Hoff has openly claimed that he has high ranking informants in offices in Minneapolis city government.

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angel123Sep. 26, 1212:17 PM

he is the leader and should have known not to give your password to anyone and well he has to pay for his complacent attitude. where I work if you look at someone elses records, without a legitimate reason, you will be fired. We know the rules when we are hired and have no excuses not to follow them.

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redmccombSep. 26, 1212:39 PM

This is not the main issue, it's just a symptom. What these guys did is wrong but inconsequential. But it shows is that a)lots of the city employees have a lot of time on their hands, b)they are untouchable, and c) just wait a bit for this one, the oversized, highly paid, and incompetent legal dept. loses this case. These are the true issues

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rnpete77Sep. 26, 1212:57 PM

@rshackleford: I agree that Tom Deegan and Mike Karney should not receive special treatment due to years of service and status. Frankly, I wouldn't wish the special treatment they are receiving on nearly anyone. The special treatment here takes the form of criminal charges and media scrutiny that no one else is facing even though this is known to be a widespread issue. As the facts of this case come to light, we will see that this is far more complex than the black-and-white "abuse of power" scenario that certain people want us to believe. If we take the kneejerk hang-them-all reaction, we become pawns in their game.

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