S Memo 12-3

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 in Informal Opinions - Sunshine Law

S Memo 12-3
September 7, 2011
Closed Meeting of Board of Ethics

Requester asked for an investigation into whether the Kauai Board of Ethics (Board) violated the Sunshine Law by holding an executive session to investigate and hear allegations of ethical violations by the Chief of Police.

OIP found that the Board properly held an executive session because the Sunshine Law provides exceptions to its open meeting requirements when the board considers charges against an officer or employee and also when the board consults with its attorney. HRS § 92-5(a)(2) and (4) (Supp. 2010).