From The Banner (Knightstown):
Q: A town is preparing to interview applicants for a vacant town marshal position. A question has arisen as to the proper protocol for interviewing applicants based on whether the town marshal is considered a town employee or whether the marshal should be deemed a public official.
If just an employee, IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(5) would permit the interviews to take place in executive session. However, if the marshal is a public official, section (b)(10) requires the interviews to be conducted during a public meeting. What do you think? Employee or public official?
A: I think your answer is found in IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(a). For 6.1, public official is defined as a member of a governing body of a public agency. A town marshal isn’t part of a governing body, so the hiring process falls under what’s good for an employee. So interviews can take place in an executive session.
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