Committee meeting may have violated Open Meetings Act
GEORGETOWN — A personnel committee meeting was held last week without proper notification, in violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act, a city council member alleges.
Alderman Adam Hart said Monday that he believed the June 26 personnel committee meeting was held without 48 hours’ notice, without an agenda being posted publicly, and without notifying all of the city council members about it. He also said that he believed the meeting was held at 1:30 p.m. to discourage other council members from attending it even if they did find out about it.
Mayor Kay Sanders said she called an emergency meeting of the three-member personnel committee on June 26 to review candidates for two positions because she wanted to have recommendations ready for the full council on Monday.
Sanders said that she only contacted the three personnel committee members — Carl Lee Johnson, Tim Waterman and Wilma Wilming — for the meeting.
She said she wanted the committee to recommend a part-time office worker who could fill in as needed, and wanted input from Streets and Alleys Superintendent Tony Ellis before he left on vacation regarding the seven candidates who applied for the streets and alley’s department job that became open when Randy Mariage accepted a job with the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District.
“All three were available during the day, so why not have the meeting during the day ?” Sanders asked.
She also emphasized that it was an emergency meeting of the committee.
At Monday’s city council meeting, city officials voted to hire Rusty Noggle as a streets and alleys department employee, and to have Michelle McGowan work in the city hall front office as needed to cover for vacationing or absent office workers.
Aldermen did not approve the minutes of the June 26 personnel committee meeting by a vote of three in favor and four opposed.