09/23/2018: "Sheriff Asked About Facebook Usage"
By Alex MacLeod
There are lots of ways to measure a sheriff’s performance in office. One I never expected to encounter was how much time he spends on Facebook.
According to the Facebook measure, our sheriff, Ron Krebs, is remarkable.
In 57 work days this summer, Krebs logged 309 hours on Facebook. That’s about half of every workday, if he worked 10 hour days. It represents 60% of the Internet traffic on his computer during that period.
It might be that he logged on each morning, made a quick survey and then just left Facebook open on a window as he went about his other work, but that wasn’t the case. The report on his office Internet use showed more than 28,000 Facebook “clicks” during that period. That works out to about 90 “clicks” per hour.
All this information comes via a report on his county office-computer’s Internet use for the period May 1 to July 18, 2018. It came as the result of a public-records request made by someone who passed it on to me.
I checked with a number of people familiar with this kind of report to make sure its meaning was clear. They confirmed my reading.
So I called the sheriff to see what he had to say. For all I know, Facebook now is how law-enforcement does most of its investigating. The Internet has changed almost everything else; why not this?
The sheriff didn’t respond to three messages I left, so I sent an email detailing various questions and offering him the opportunity to respond in writing. No response.
Maybe I need to contact him on Facebook.
(Alex MacLeod lives on Shaw Island.)