North Lyon County Fire Protection District must pay for an IT specialist to retrieve deleted emails regarding Ryan Hanan, according to a court order. District employees had admitted to deleting various emails, which were public documents under NRS.
A judge at the Third Judicial District Court in Yerington has ordered the district to produce all emails to or from former Chief Scott Huntley, Office Manager Kasey Miller and other district administrators regarding Hanan, a Fernley resident, between September 2014 and October 2015, and January 2018 to present.
In July of 2018, Hanan filed a lawsuit against North Lyon County Firefighters Association claiming the group libeled him during his campaign for mayor of Fernley. The district’s firefighters are members of the association, and Hanan claims members of the association were behind a Facebook post that claimed Hanan was never a firefighter or EMT with North Lyon, as well as another Facebook page titled “Vote NO For Ryan Hanan Fernley Mayor.” Hanan ultimately lost his bid for mayor, and he claims the social media posts affected his campaign.
After the posts, Hanan began requesting documents pertaining to his time with the district. In a July deposition, Miller admitted she deleted emails deemed “unnecessary” from her computer, which wasn’t backed up to a server. Those emails included documents pertaining to Hanan.
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In a call to the district, Miller referred all questions to the district’s attorney, Katherine Parks. Parks did not reply to emails from the Mason Valley News.
North Lyon County Fire Protection District is funded by local taxes, consolidated tax distribution and ambulance fees. In 2018, the district had an operating budget of around $2 million.