City of Amarillo employees alerted that personal information may be compromised

Amarillo city manager Jared Miller
On Tuesday, City of Amarillo employees were notified by city manager Jared Miller that their personal information may have been compromised. An outside auditor discovered that a password-encrypted flash drive containing the employee information was missing.

The flash drive contained employee names and dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, bank routing numbers and bank account numbers. Miller went on to state that "at this time, there is no evidence of a data breach related to this incident. The city continues to monitor the situation and will update employees on further developments."

Miller said the outside auditor, Connor, McMillon, Mitchell and Shennum, PLLC (CMMS), had possession of the flash drive when it came up missing.

We have not confirmed as to whether the private information of retired city employees was also on the flash drive.

Miller noted that the City of Amarillo:

1. Encourages employees to contact their financial institutions and monitor their financial accounts.

2. Recommends contacting the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490.

3. Recommends that city employees consider contacting one of the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below to place a fraud alert on their credit file. A fraud alert informs creditors to contact you before they open a new account or change existing accounts. A fraud alert stays on a credit report for 90 days.

Miller said that free credit monitoring will be provided for one year for city employees.

Below is a copy of Miller's letter provided to the High Plains Daily News: