- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

WYNDMERE, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says officials with the city of Wyndmere violated the state’s open meetings law when they had a series of conversations about the employment of the city auditor.

Stenehjem on Friday ordered the officials to provide written testimony about the conversations.

Records show Mayor Nathan Brandt on Oct. 8 contacted each city council member after he was informed that the city auditor had a job offer. Brandt and council members during those conversations determined to match the salary offer to entice the auditor to stay.

Stenehjem says the conversations constitute a “meeting.”

Stenehjem has ordered the mayor and each council member to provide a written, signed statement of the conversations they had with each other. The statements should be provided to anyone who requests them.

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