“City employees are already anxious and worried,” Padgett wrote in a letter to interim Knoxville Mayor Daniel Brown and the city’s policy and communications director, Bill Lyons. “Please issue a statement acknowledging error and placing this process in the open and in the sunshine in compliance with state law.”
Padgett contends that closing the meetings to be held by 14 task force members would violate the state’s Open Meetings Law.
However, Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said that’s a “fuzzy” issue and, “It would take a court or a judge to decide whether it’s a violation.”
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