Friday, February 7, 2014

State suggests Audit Committee meet with law department about meetings

In a wordy and somewhat convoluted letter from the Tennessee Open Records Counsel to Knox County Audit Committee Chairman Joe Carcello, officials suggest that the panel might have violated state open meetings act.

Elisha Hodge (the state open records counsel) also suggests that Carcello (he’s singled out only by default because he is the chairman and, hence, the main contact) talk further with the county’s law department.

At issue is whether Carcello and County Commissioner Amy Broyles, a committee member, provided adequately public notice when they met for lunch at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 24. The county sent issued a public meetings notification on Oct. 22. (It’s feasible that the two gave 48 hours – the generally accepted time – notice, but, there’s no time stamp on when the notice was sent out.)

Also at issue is how, when and whether the panel publicly narrowed down its candidates for internal auditor from roughly 20 applicants to three.

Hodge said her office looked into the matter after receiving a complaint about it.

You can read the entire letter right smack here.

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