- Associated Press - Thursday, May 14, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The man who monitors the Albuquerque Police Department’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice held private, closed-door meetings with six city councilors.

KOB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1L45GiS ) that DOJ monitor James Ginger on Monday afternoon held 30-minute, closed-door briefings with councilors Diane Gibson, Trudy Jones, Klarissa Pena, Isaac Benton, Dan Lewis and Don Harris.

The private meetings come just a week after councilors questioned why Ginger wouldn’t answer their questions publicly.

New Mexico’s Foundation for Open Government’s Greg Williams says that if all the councilors met, one in a row, to talk about public business, the discussion should have been held at a public meeting.

Williams says it appears they tried to get around open meeting laws by holding individual meetings.

The city says the meetings were informal and not subject open meeting requirements.


Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com

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