- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) - Hopewell is being sued by a resident over a closed City Council session held prior to the appointments of the mayor and vice mayor.

A hearing on Janice Denton’s lawsuit is set for Feb. 4 in Hopewell General District Court.

Denton tells The Progress-Index (https://bit.ly/1K0sLmj ) that she believes the closed session made it appear the council decided on the appointments before taking an official vote at a regular meeting that followed.

The council appointed Brenda Pelham as mayor and Christina Luman-Bailey as vice mayor on Jan. 6. Council members Jackie Shornak and Wayne Walton refused to participate in the closed session and questioned its legality.

Former City Attorney David Fratarcangelo, whose last day in the position was Friday, had said he didn’t believe the closed session was illegal.


Information from: The Progress-Index, https://www.progress-index.com

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