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“I don’t support any officials doing that,” Mr. Gray said. “This is the first I’ve heard of anybody doing that. If we identify who they are, there will be a discussion with them about that because it’s not appropriate.”

Mr. Gray said there is no clear policy on whether private emails should be disseminated if they appear to discuss city business.

Mr. Nathan would “strongly discourage use of personal email accounts for official business, but at the same time the District needs to make such a policy clear and in writing,” an office spokesman said Wednesday.

Mr. Nathan’s office is working on a formal draft policy for submission to the mayor when it is finished.