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.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...