City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: Jan. 16, 2008
Discussing Goodyear staff assistant’s resignation did not violate Open Meeting Law
GOODYEAR, AZ – Goodyear councilmembers did not violate the Open Meeting Law last November by contacting Interim City Manager Brian Dalke to discuss the resignation of the assistant to the mayor and council.
The Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office responded to Mayor James Cavanaugh’s request for an investigation into whether four councilmembers violated the Open Meeting Law in a letter dated Jan. 15, and found that no such violation occurred. A copy of that letter is attached.
However, the Attorney General found that an Open Meeting Law violation did occur during the Nov. 26, 2007 council meeting when councilmembers discussed the Open Meeting Law without first putting it on the agenda. The Open Meeting Law prohibits discussing any business that is not properly posted on the agenda.
The Attorney General’s Office cautioned the council to “discuss city business only during council meetings,” and directed the mayor and councilmembers to attend a one-hour Open Meeting Law training session.