Doing business with Ingham County is gummed up for a while after the loss of more than 130,000 electronic records.
In late May--after removing a server thought to contain expired data--techs discovered it included many active files needed by clerk Mike Bryanton. Even worse, they later learned a back-up duplication system failed. WKAR’s Mark Bashore looks into what went wrong and at plans to prevent a repeat.
Ingham County officials hope to learn more this week about the chances of recovering over 130,000 lost electronic documents. WKAR has learned county IT workers accidentally deleted the data from the server of County Clerk Mike Bryanton on May 25. Later, they learned the system meant to back up the data was corrupt.
The Ingham County clerk’s office is relying on thousands of paper records after IT personnel accidentally deleted electronic data late last month.
WKAR has learned that on May 25, technicians deleted expired electronic records in the Register of Deeds' computer system. Later they discovered the operation took out more than 130,000 records maintained by county clerk Mike Bryanton. Those include campaign finance data, births, deaths and weapons permits.
Bryanton downplays the impact on daily county business.