By Brittany Pieper – email
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – A serious oversight by the City of Shreveport means personal information of citizens or former city employees may have been compromised. As they get ready to demolish the City Hall Annex building, the City of Shreveport held an auction to sell surplus office furniture. Crystal Parker went to look at the items, but desks and chairs weren't the only things displayed in the building which was open for anyone to walk through.
"I noticed a piece of paper that was on one desk by itself that had a worker from the building, had her social security number, phone number, address, signature," said Parker.
Parker says as she walked around she found more boxes with personal information.
We took our cameras back to the building to see for ourselves and found a carbon copy of a breath alcohol testing form. It did have a woman's name, social security number, phone number, and signature. We also found a copy of a man's identification card and what appeared to be old water billing and work order information.
KSLA News 12 asked city leaders why this information was left out, and discovered they didn't know it was there.
"No, that's not good at all," said Director of Operational Services, Mike Strong.
"I would never be comfortable with anyone's personal information being available or accessible," said Mayor Cedric Glover.
Within an hour of speaking with KSLA News 12, Strong had 1 of his employees cleaning out the building. That employee said the documents were from a stack that was supposed to be burned, but instead somehow got scattered during the move.
"The main thing we found out is there was some documents that were left out on the floor over there at the annex, and that's upsetting to us, and we've picked it up," said Strong.
City Council members say they're outraged by the oversight.
"The 1st thing I thought about was identity theft, and then the 2nd thing I thought about was whoever left them should be fired," said Council Chairman Joyce Bowman.
The City of Shreveport plans to destroy the documents, but Parker feels it's a little late.
"I just think it's negligence on behalf of the city. If you're gonna open it up, they could have at least come out and cleaned all the personal information out," she said.
City leaders could not say where the communication break down happened. They don't think any documents are missing, but they say they will continue investigating the situation.