Our Frank Gibson was quoted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press in a story about the controversy:
Tennessee Coalition for Open Government President Frank Gibson said someone would have to prove that the three commissioners discussed city business before they could face Open Meetings Law violations.
“But there’s no excuse this close to Election Day for them to create an appearance that they have violated the law,” Gibson said.
Chattanooga-area officials met privately June 30, Times Free Press reporter Dan Whisenhut reports. TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted:
Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said that even if members did not handle council business, the meeting raises the question of whether it violated the spirit of the sunshine law.
In order for the meeting to have violated the letter of the sunshine law, Gibson said, the group would have to have deliberated on matters related to council business. But based on what officials said about the meeting, there was no obvious reason to keep media from attending, he said.