ASHEVILLE POLICE CALL FOR THE TERMINATION OF CONTRACTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR PERSONAL DATA BREACH – CALLS FOR SBI INVESTIGATION

ASHEVILLE POLICE CALL FOR THE TERMINATION OF CONTRACTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR PERSONAL DATA BREACH – CALLS FOR SBI INVESTIGATION

According to Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell, on April 19th 2021, “a third party site contained the home addresses, phone numbers, emails, and names of a number of City employees.” Cambell went on to say that the breach of personal information came from the City of Asheville’s own data portal and called it an “administrative error”.

In a formal Q&A City of Asheville document the city explained “ITS was collaborating with a department and our Munis system vendor to automate a process. During that effort, the recommended way to handle automation was to put employee information into a non-employee data table. Unfortunately, that data table was one that was being published to the open data portal. The ITS staff that handles process automation is not the same staff that handles open data.”

The document went on to say that 616 city employees were effected by the breach. Skyline has the entire Q&A City of Asheville documents at the end of this article.

Asheville Police Officer’s Want The Breach Invesigated By Law Enforcement –

On Monday May 3rd 2021, the Asheville Chapter of the Fraternal Order Of Police and the NC Police Benevolent Association sent letters to City Manager Debra Campbell calling for an SBI investigation and the termination of employment for the contractor / person that made the “administrative error”. The letter furthermore made reference that the contractor / person that posted the personal information to a third party has an “anti-police stance”.

According to the contract that the City of Asheville sent Skyline, the company responsible for the “error” is PRC Web Development at 53 Frances St in Asheville. The owner is a Patrick Ryan Conant.

The FOP letter said, “With the third party person / company as having an anti-police stance, and the information being put out a second time by the City in emails, we feel this is beyond an administrative error.”

Does Patrick Conant’s social media lean anti-police?

Skyline looked at Conant’s social media and this is what we found –

On February 16th 2021, Patrick Conant thanked far left leaning reporter of the Asheville Citizen Times Joel Burgess for “continuing to shine a light on our police department.”

On April 13th 2021, Conant shared a post that said, “Dismantel. Defund. Abolish. Policing culture is not something that can be reformed.” “Rest in peace Daunte Wright. BLACK LIVES MATTER.” The picture showed a police car with something green overflowing from the car.

On April 19th 2021, Conant shared another post from the uncredited socialist online publication called the Asheville Blade. The story claims that the Asheville Police “brutally attacked” a homeless camp at Aston Park and claimed that “City Hall lied” about it. In reality, the police and City Hall helped to move homeless people into a motel and off the street.

According to Conant’s contract with the City of Asheville Conant is paid $150.00 an hour and a $5,400.00 every six months fee. The contract say’s Conant’s services are suppose to provide monthly maintenance of the city’s WordPress sites and “preventing and addressing security vulnerabilities.”

Skyline tried to reach Patrick Conant for comment via phone and email but he has not returned our messages.