Closed Meetings and Executive Sessions

The meeting notice must include reference to the executive session and provide the legal authority for closing the meeting.


  • Generally, a public entity may not close a meeting to discuss salary issues or employee job performance.


Before a governing body may close a portion of its meeting, it first must convene in a properly noticed open meeting. Next, it has to announce the legal authority to close the meeting and the topics to be considered during the closed portion of the meeting.


  • Unless the law requires a closed meeting, the governing body must vote on whether to close the meeting.


Any executive session must be tape recorded. Final action on the topics considered in the executive session must be taken during the open portion of the meeting. All substantive votes must be recorded by roll call.


Find more detailed information in the Open Meetings Guide.

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