Q&A: Executive session interviews

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From The Herald Bulletin (Anderson):

Q: The Anderson school board recently appointed a person to fill a vacant seat. Along the way, they had an executive session to interview applicants.

Does this comply with the Open Door Law? They also conducted a public interview of candidates, and in another meeting they voted on the appointment.

A: The interview of prospective appointees behind closed doors was in violation of the Open Door Law.

IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(10) clearly states: “Interviews of prospective appointees must be conducted at a meeting that is open to the public.”

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

 

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