Wed., May 4, 2011 10:52am (EDT)

Savannah To Get Open Meetings Lesson
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Georgia attorney general Sam Olens will be in Savannah Thursday to teach top city leaders a lesson about the basics of open government after they recently ran afoul of state sunshine laws. (photo courtesy Georgia Attorney General's office)
Georgia attorney general Sam Olens will be in Savannah Thursday to teach top city leaders a lesson about the basics of open government after they recently ran afoul of state sunshine laws. (photo courtesy Georgia Attorney General's office)
Georgia's attorney general is coming to Savannah to teach the mayor and City Council a lesson about the basics of open government after they recently ran afoul of state sunshine laws.

Attorney General Sam Olens and a senior assistant scheduled a compliance training session Thursday during the Savannah City Council's regular meeting. The session is intended to give city leaders a refresher on their obligations under Georgia's laws requiring most government meetings and records to be accessible by the public.

Olens cited Savannah officials for three violations of the open meetings law after Mayor Otis Johnson and council members held closed-door meetings during their search for a new city manager in December and January.

City officials weren't fined. But Olens warned that future violations could result in criminal prosecution