COLUMBUS, Miss. — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint that supervisors in one county violated the state Open Meetings law.
However, the commission says there were “troubling” aspects in how Lowndes County officials conducted a series of private conversations.
The Commercial Dispatch reports that Steve Rogers, who was then news director for WTVA-TV, filed a complaint in September. It said the Lowndes supervisors had a series of private conversations among themselves, two at a time, before hiring a parks consultant in June 2016.
With a five-member board, three make up a quorum. Rogers’ complaint says the two-person conversations were a way to avoid conducting public business in an open meeting.
The Ethics Commission said supervisors “did not purposefully arrange non-quorum meetings of board members.”
Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com