AG responds to open meeting complaint in Knott Co.

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

A response from the Attorney General says the Knott County Fiscal court violated the Open Meetings Act.

The response says it was an "inadvertent" violation of the Open Meetings Act, and it "violated the public good."

"I felt those meetings were improper and the Attorney General agreed with me in his letter," said Ezalee Pigman who filed a complaint with the Attorney General after a special called fiscal court meeting in Knott County on September 21st.

He brought up two violations.

The response by the Attorney General says written notice of the meeting was not sent to the members of the fiscal court, and the court continued to discuss public business after the meeting adjourned.

"We try every was possible to comply with every rule, law and regulation. On occasions, we are small staffed and we screw up, and this time we did," said Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson.

Thompson says the violations were not on purpose. He says the magistrates were notified by telephone, but did not receive a written notice with an agenda.

"I feel Mr. Thompson's inadvertent claim is a media tactic. He is trying to take blame off himself," said Pigman.

"I think it boils down to someone who has a little too much time on their hands, if you want to know the truth. And common sense has gone to hell in a hand basket," said Thompson.

But, the Attorney General says proper notification must be given according to the law.

Thompson says they have corrected the problems.

Everything from the illegal meeting was voided and another meeting was held again with the proper notification.

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