published Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Hamilton County attorney says one-on-one meetings fine

by Cliff Hightower
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    County attorney Rheubin Taylor initiates voting during a Hamilton County Commission meeting in this file photo.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Hamilton County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said this morning that one-on-one meetings between county commissioners and school board members would not violate the state’s open meetings act, known as the Sunshine Law.

Taylor was replying to a question Commissioner Fred Skillern posed during an agenda session.

“Is it in violation of Sunshine Law for a county commissioner to meet with a school board member?” Skillern asked.

“No, sir,” Taylor immediately responded.

Taylor also said the county mayor or any staff member could meet with school board members for one-on-one conversations.

County Commission Chairman Larry Henry brought up the idea of commissioners meeting individually with school board members last week as a way to improve communication. School board Chairman Mike Evatt embraced the idea and said commissioners and school board members would meet on a rotating basis.

For more information, read Friday’s Times Free Press.

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