Seven Danville Citizens Committee members met Thursday to rank eight applications for the vacant city manager position, and for a second time, the panel appears to have violated the state’s open meetings laws by casting its votes behind closed doors.
As a result, the committee’s actions could be declared null and void, and they would have to be repeated in open session. A formal complaint must be filed requesting such a remedy.
The committee spent about two hours in executive session. City Commissioner Gail Louis and committee member David Longenecker were absent.
When the committee last met, it chose four out of 12 applicants for city commissioners to interview. But they were supposed to choose the best seven, according to Mayor Bernie Hunstad.
The names were redacted from all resumes reviewed.
Two of the four people withdrew their applications, leaving eight remaining without a rank. During its meeting Tuesday, commissioners asked the citizens committee to rank the other applications by Friday. Louis submitted her rankings Wednesday and Longenecker will submit his by today, according to City Clerk Donna Peek.