Wesley Lewis in KUT on Austin City Manager Search and Open Meetings


KUT, Austin’s NPR station, quoted Haynes and Boone lawyer Wesley Lewis in a report about the Austin City Council’s efforts to conceal the identities of candidates being interviewed for the city manager’s job.

KUT reported that the council had publicly posted that it would meet for interviews at the airport Hilton hotel but that members “abruptly left the Hilton and went to a conference room in the airport terminal — past airport security — to continue their interviews.” …

The official posting for the council's meeting to interview the candidates listed the location as the Hilton Austin Airport. But by moving the location with no notice, and having a quorum of council members present, the council may be running afoul of open meetings laws, KUT reported.

"My understanding is that any time a meeting location is changed that requires a new notice [to be posted]," said Lewis, an associate with Haynes and Boone, LLP. Lewis said, per state law, a location change requires 72 hours notice. The post of Thursday's meeting on the city's website still lists Hilton Airport as its location. …

Excerpted from KUT. To read the full article, click here.

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