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October 06, 2010 | 08:53 AM
Geneva — Town Board Supervisor Bob Kamps said he's not a computer person.

He admitted that Monday, shortly after the town of Geneva complied with the Regional News open records request concerning any and all documents about former police chief Ed Gritzner's retirement, including e-mails.

Kamps didn't comply with this request. He said he thought it was something to be handled by Lauderdale.

"I knew about the open records request (but) I didn't realize it was for all of us," Kamps said.

When asked if he received a Sept. 23 e-mail from Town Clerk-Treasurer Deb Kirch asking Town Board members and former administrator Margaret Downing to provide any documents which meet the requested criteria, Kamps said he didn't.

As it turns out, he hasn't been receiving several e-mails lately.

Well, more than several.

"My account has like 150 e-mails on it," Kamps said. "It's full. I'm not really computer literate."

He said he had asked to have e-mail from his account with the address supervisor1@townofgenevawi.com forwarded to his personal AOL account. Kamps said he requested this when the supervisor's account was established. Apparently, this request was never fulfilled.

On Tuesday, Kirch said she sent the Sept. 23 e-mail to the supervisor's address for Kamps because she believed it would be forwarded to his personal e-mail address.

"I thought that he said it was OK because it was being forwarded to a different e-mail, (but) that hadn't been set up," she said.

He said he doesn't have e-mails about Gritzner on his personal account. He also offered to allow the Regional News to look through his laptop computer.

As for the Sept. 23 e-mail, Kamps said it "got bounced back" to Kirch. On Monday, an e-mail to the supervisor account from the Regional News also was undeliverable. A mail administrator's message states the account "is temporarily over quota."

Kamps said he doesn't know how to access the supervisor's account and a technician is supposed to access it for him "in a couple of days."

He also said his heart has been elsewhere these days. Recently, Kamps became the new pastor at Como Community Church.

"I really haven't been paying attention to the whole township thing," he said.

As for Millard, an attempt to reach him for comment Tuesday was unsuccessful by press time. On Tuesday morning, Kirch said she hadn't heard from him yet. She was expected to contact Millard Tuesday.

Downing, Lauderdale and Supervisors Larry Kulik and Steve Kukla complied with the request.

Lauderdale provided a Sept. 14 e-mail to the Geneva Town Police Commission about the special meeting for Gritzner's retirement announcement and e-mails to and from the Regional News, which were used in previous articles.

Kulik submitted an Aug. 14 e-mail to Lauderdale about rescheduling a veterinary appointment around an upcoming board meeting. Kukla stated he has "no e-mails or paperwork relating to this subject." Downing also provided an answer similar to Kukla's.

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