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Mayor Pantelides Closes Session of Council to Public

The council will close their session to meet with lawyers on a personnel issue, according to a city spokesperson.

Mike Pantelides was inaugurated into office Dec. 2. (Photo credit: D. Frank Smith)
Mike Pantelides was inaugurated into office Dec. 2. (Photo credit: D. Frank Smith)
The next scheduled meeting of the Annapolis City Council will have a closed session to discuss a personnel matter, according to a city spokesperson.

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides' second council meeting will have a closed session in order to, "consult with counsel to obtain legal advice on a legal matter," to discuss "a personnel issue."

No further information was provided on the issue.

Maryland State Law 10-508 (a)(7) empowers the government bodies to close sessions of their meetings to the public in order to receive legal advice.

In February, 2012, the Maryland Attorney General issued an opinion upholding the decision to close a meeting, so long as they met the above requirements. 

Pantelides campaigned on a platform of offering more transparency. In interviews with The Capital, most aldermen said the closed sessions in the past have been used appropriately.

The council's next meeting is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m., and the closed session will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Mike December 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM
There should be NO reason for ANY session of the public's business to be hidden from the public. Period. Not impressed so far. Not favorably, at least.
Aviator December 14, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Why is the Mayor's "personal" business being conducted on city council time and at public expense???
sandy bannister December 14, 2013 at 08:22 PM
The mayor and council are apparently going to discuss a personnel (not personal) issue. If they are debating an particular employee, it may be a privacy issue.
Mike December 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Again, there is no reason for the people's business to be discussed on the people's dime in secret. So WHAT if it's a 'personnel' issue? If someone in government has broken our laws or rules of conduct, That is OUR business. Likewise, if it is alleged, that is still OUR business. OUR government is meeting, with OUR money, to get legal advice that is paid for with OUR money and used to make decisions about what to do with OUR money. There is no excuse for any of that to be kept secret from us. We should all be sick of politicians spending our money in secret. There is no excuse for the city of Annapolis to have ANY official secrets. PERIOD. It's OUR money and OUR government. Even a he-said she-said allegation in a city office is OUR business. The only reason to keep it from us is so we are kept unaware of the truth of...wait for it...OUR BUSINESS.
Mike December 15, 2013 at 01:12 AM
No one in City government should have any expectation of 'privacy' about anything that relates to city business. The only privacy should be in the bathroom, while conducting their PERSONAL business, as is reasonably required by human biology, while taking a break from conducting OUR business. And even then, a city employee who spends half his time in the bathroom, neglecting his duties, paid for with our money, is a MATTER for PUBLIC scrutiny. The 'privacy' excuse is classic, total BS. Note the very root of the word 'privacy' is PRIVATE. Inherently, anything which uses PUBLIC money is the OPPOSITE of that.
Mike December 15, 2013 at 01:18 AM
WTH happened ended to the 'sweep Annapolis clean' motto for which we voted? The ONLY POTENTIAL excuse for a session like this is if the rest of the CITY threatens the Mayor with action for disclosing secrets to the people. In which case the Mayor needs to bring that fight out in the open, shouting from the rooftops that the City is hiding things from us and threatening him if he discloses such things to the people. Given he is not doing that, he is complicit.

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