User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


55° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Legal Concerns Over Exec. Session

September 15, 2011, 5:55 PM by Perry Groten

Legal Concerns Over Exec. Session
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Sioux Falls First Amendment attorney says Wednesday's executive session was badly mishandled from start to finish and may have even violated state law.

Media attorney Jon Arneson says simply citing a "personnel matter" doesn't give Mayor Mike Huether and the city council a free pass not to disclose the specifics of the executive session. He says the public has the right to know exactly why the council and the mayor held their meeting in secret.

Arneson says the government bodies like the city council don't have to automatically go into executive session to discuss all personnel issues. And Arneson says the city overstepped its bounds by being vague about the reason behind Wednesday's closed-door meeting.

"That's absurd; it's an extremely absurd standing the law on its head and we have the tail wagging the dog," Arneson said.

Arneson says the motion to go into executive session should have specifically stated it was about the status of the city clerk in order to limit the scope of the discussions behind closed door.

"If they make a vague motion to go into executive session for quote, 'personnel,' there's nothing that confines that discussion and when they come out, there are no restraints upon them. That is not what the law is designed to do. The law is designed to say we're going to go in and discuss the performance of Debra Owen," Arneson said.

Arneson says ultimately, it's the residents of Sioux Falls who lose out if the state's executive session law is violated.

"They've got a duty to keep us informed if they want to have a reasonably informed electorate; this is not a secret society," Arneson said.

Arneson says the mayor and city council also should have specifically stated what was in the motion they voted on in dismissing Owen when they resumed their special meeting.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
UPDATE: Two People Dead In SF Crash

10/17/2014 9:52 PM

Two people are dead after a two vehicle crash on Friday night in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story


Events