Municipal clerk sues over exclusion from executive sessions

Hapatcong’s Clerk claims that she was excluded from certain executive session meetings at which the council discussed an internal complaint filed by her and other municipal employees. Her complaint states that her exclusion from those meetings “makes it impossible for [her]…to fulfill her statutory duties and also violates the Open Public Meetings Act with respect to the maintenance of reasonably comprehensible minutes of public bodies…” (It is typically the municipal clerk’s job to record the meeting minutes.) She also claims that Rice Notice provisions were violated because she received no notice that the internal complaint would be discussed, nor was given the option to have the matter discussed in public session.


Hopatcong clerk sues borough over exclusion from executive sessions
New Jersey Herald
By David Danzis
Sept. 13, 2016