There was a misunderstanding at City Hall regarding the process of appointing a new city council member. City Council thought they could deliberate in closed session but state law says otherwise. Melissa Allison has more:
The Park City city council tonight is scheduled to name their choice to fill the unexpired term of Andy Beerman’s council seat after he was elected mayor – even though the process may have been tainted.
The Park City council presumably met in closed session on Tuesday January 16th after they had interviewed all 15 of the applicants over two days. That closed session was noted on the agenda. The first 7 applicants were interviewed on Thursday, January 11th and then the following 8 on Tuesday on the 16th.
When Andy Beerman took the oath as Park City’s new mayor, his seat on City Council was suddenly vacant, making this only the fourth time in 30 years that the council has had to appoint someone midterm. Melissa Allison tells us who they chose out of the 15 applicants:
After the Park City City Council realized it did not follow state code on filling a midterm council seat (the code stipulates that all meetings – including deliberations – must be open to the public) it worked to rectify the issue quickly. However, the council did not release audio from the illegally held closed-door deliberations. Melissa Allison tells us why KPCW has sent a request for that audio:
Before Park City Council nominated Lynn Ware Peek to fill Mayor Andy Beerman’s vacated council seat, the mayor told the audience they needed to talk about the city’s mistake regarding their closed door sessions. Melissa Allison brings us the story.