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OM 17-14 Avanzato v. North Kingstown Town Council Violation

The Town Council Town Manager Search Citizen Panel violated the OMA during its January 20, 2016 meeting when the discussions were not appropriate for executive session. Our review found no discussion concerning the job performance, character, or physical/mental health of any applicants. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1); Medeiros v. Tiverton Town Council, OM 00-14 (the Town Council violated the OMA by discussing the formation of potential interview questions in executive session since these discussions fall outside R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1)); Moon v. East Greenwich Fire District, OM 96-23 (closed session to open job applications was improper). Because we concluded that the executive session discussion was not appropriate for executive session we required the release the January 20, 2016 executive session meeting minutes. No action was taken during this meeting, and accordingly, further injunctive relief was inappropriate.

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