Somervell County Commissioner Mike Ford Solicited funds for Lions Club using County Equipment


 

Somervell County Commissioner Mike Ford Solicited funds for Lions Club using County Equipment
 


22 February 2009 at 1:14:59 PM
pharper

I have read many emails from Mike Ford. Some are signed Mike, some are signed Mike Ford, and some like below are signed with the formal "Mike Ford, County Commissioner, Pct. #2, Somervell County". These emails pose a few questions in my own mind:

1. Is it appropriate for Mike Ford to be soliciting funds for the Lions Club using the county computers and email system? A review of the acceptable use policy will tell me that but have not located one yet, working on it but it doesn't sound like it should be happening from my initial perspective on it. It is one thing to use a computer for personal use, it is completely another for business use. Especially when it is a county representative asking for money that is in no way related to county business.

2. Is it appropriate for Mike Ford to be representing himself as county commissioner when sending a request like this since he is representing the Lions Club in this request...or did he do it on purpose to intimidate those emailed into donating? Since Mike has signed his emails different ways he cannot claim it is the norm for him to sign his emails this way and so I must interpret this, you may differently, as an attempt to coerce folks into donating by representing the county with his signature.

Email #1, to Quicksilver
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Mike Ford mike_ford@glenrose.org
Glen Rose Lion's Club Basketball Tournament

Stephen,
Hope your holidays were filled with family and a little time to yourself.

I had not heard back from you since our last conversation and emails, concerning our request for Quicksilver’s participation once again as the sponsor of our hospitality suite.  This is a high profile area for coaches, school administrators, college recruiters, etc., during the course of the basketball tournament.  Per our last conversation, you felt like there would be no problem securing the $2,500 sponsorship, but could not say for sure until after the first of the year.  I am very hopeful that Quicksilver still desires to sponsor the hospitality suite.

 As you will remember, this is a playoff tournament for those teams who are moving on in the state playoffs, so it is well attended and is a premier event for elite teams and schools.

 Please let me know for sure if Quicksilver is, indeed, willing to provide the $2,500 sponsorship.  We have proceeded to move forward  with program printing under the assumption that you will, but I am just needing to be sure that you do intend to do so.  Thanks so much! Should you need to contact me other than email, please feel free to call (254) 396-3484.

Mike Ford
County Commissioner, Pct. #2
Somervell County
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And then for some undiscovered reason as of yet, the email is almost written word for word but sent to another person, @ cmcrealty.com (not sure who that is but will track it down), but without the phone number at the bottom this time:

Email #2, to cmcrealty.com
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Mike Ford mike_ford@glenrose.org
Glen Rose Lion's Club Basketball Tournament 
Stephen,

Hope your holidays were filled with family and a little time to yourself.

I had not heard back from you since our last conversation and emails, concerning our request for Quicksilver’s participation once again as the sponsor of our hospitality suite.  This is a high profile area for coaches, school administrators, college recruiters, etc., during the course of the basketball tournament.  Per our last conversation, you felt like there would be no problem securing the $2,500 sponsorship, but could not say for sure until after the first of the year.  I am very hopeful that Quicksilver still desires to sponsor the hospitality suite.

As you will remember, this is a playoff tournament for those teams who are moving on in the state playoffs, so it is well attended and is a premier event for elite teams and schools.

Please let me know for sure if Quicksilver is, indeed, willing to provide the $2,500 sponsorship.  We have proceeded to move forward  with program printing under the assumption that you will, but I am just needing to be sure that you do intend to do so.  Thanks so much!

Mike Ford
County Commissioner, Pct. #2
Somervell County
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and here is a receipt to Luminant without the County Commissioner signed at the bottom:

Email #3, to Luminant
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Mike Ford mike_ford@glenrose.org 
Lion's Club Playoff Preview Basketball Tournament
Jan,

 Thanks to you and to Luminant for your sponsorship of the 4th annual Lions Club Playoff Preview Basketball Tournament.  As you know, the girl’s tournament is on February 14, 2009 and the boy’s tournament is the next Saturday, February 21.  These are highly competitive games and each team has a large following, which we believe makes your title sponsorship a valuable PR tool.  We are most appreciative of all that Luminant does for Somervell County and, in particular, thankful for your assistance in helping our local Lions Club raise funds that are used in helping many in our community.

 Please consider this as your sponsorship invoice:

 $2,500  Title Sponsorship for the 4th Annual Glen Rose Lions Club Playoff Preview Basketball Tournament, February 14th and 21st , 2009

 Thanks again for your generosity and involvement in the life and organizations within Somervell County.

 Regards,

 Mike Ford
Chair – Playoff Preview Tournament
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