The city of Napoleon violated North Dakota open meeting laws when it failed to give proper notice of a meeting, failed to follow proper executive session procedure and held an unauthorized executive session, according to the North Dakota attorney general's office.

The attorney general's office found the Napoleon City Council went into executive session with its attorney after concerns were raised in its March 2 meeting regarding a personnel issue. The city failed to announce the legal authority for holding the executive session or pass a motion to enter executive session for attorney consultation. The majority of the executive session was unauthorized because it included personnel matters which are not authorized to be discussed in an executive session under North Dakota law, the attorney general's office said.

The city of Napoleon is required to make portions of the executive session available to interested parties and any member of the public that requests it free of charge.

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