A former Madison County Board Chairman has denied claims that he removed or destroyed any data on county owned computers before leaving office. Alan Dunstan issued the statement after current board chairman Kurt Prenzler made the surprise allegations last week.
In a statement to the media last Wednesday, Prenzler requested the Madison County State’s Attorney investigate the matter in which the former county board chairman, Alan Dunstan, and county administrator, Joe Parente, wiped or destroyed information on their hard drives prior to leaving the county offices. The destroyed information includes county documents that were subject to retention under state law and court order. Prenzler later told the Big Z he wanted to make sure the proper county records and other information was maintained, per state law. The hard drives were then sent off to a company in Colorado last December for analysis. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office had not seen the news release from Prenzler when contacted by the Big Z on Thursday. Dunstan has since denied the allegations calling them "outrageous." He said Prenzler has a "mess" to start his new administration and is trying to distract from it.
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