At Sunday’s candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake County (LMV) at the University Center in Grayslake, Chief Deputy Clerk, Keith Brin, was asked about the “cease and desist order” regarding remote public access.
The following was reported in the GrayslakePatch:
• Why was a cease and desist order necessary for providing remote public access for something you (Keith Brin) worked on? Were you part of the solution or the problem? Why was there a cease and desist court order and not just a letter to the users?
“It wasn’t a cease and desist order. It was an administrative order. We started remote access testing in the office knowing full well we would want remote access to our computer systems for records and the like in the future. The judges believed at a certain point after 40 users were on, that we should move forward with a comprehensive policy and move the whole circuit forward. We agreed. I actually crafted with the judges and the state’s attorney an administrative order that laid out what was going on and why it was going on so we could actively post it and provide it to those on the system. We pulled back so we and the judges so we could develop a policy going forward, a comprehensive policy in electronic usage for the circuit.”
All orders coming down from the Chief Judge are called ‘administrative orders’ so this would appear that Keith Brin is mincing words since it is quite clear in the order that it WAS a “Cease & Desist” order and was to take place IMMEDIATELY according to the Oct 28, 2011 order below.
In Brin’s response above he stated “I actually crafted with the judges and the state’s attorney an administrative order that laid out what was going on and why it was going on…”. In reality Brin was told to draft a memo, to be approved by the Chief Judge, informing the remote access users that the system was being shut down. The initial draft blamed the Chief Judge which really set her off since it was an illegal ‘unauthorized‘ access set up by the Clerk’s office. After all the shouting eventually died down at a follow-up meeting between the Chief Judge and Brin, the revised order was hammered out that laid blame where it belonged.
I attended the candidate forum held at the Warren Township Center on Feb 8th but they would not allow videotaping. In my notes I have Keith Brin quoted as saying that the (unauthorized) remote access started out with about 20 users and was eventually increased to about 40 users. This is the same remote access that he was denying to many that inquired about access that it even existed. I also have in my notes that he stated that “I’m managing the office” which means that this Cease & Desist Order was directed at him.
Brin is being challenged by Gerald Dietz in the Republican primary for Lake County Circuit Court Clerk. The winner will face Democratic candidate Cynthia Pruim Haran who is running unopposed.