Our sister station WLBK reports that the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is looking into whether the DeKalb City Council broke the state’s open meetings law when they discussed the city clerk in closed session.
DeKalb resident Mark Charvat asked the Attorney General’s Office for the review, and the office’s Public Access Bureau says they’ve “determined that further action is warranted.”
Charvat claims the council violated the Open Meetings Act by discussing City Clerk Lynn Fazekas in closed session at their July 22 meeting. He argues that elected positions, like the city clerk, are not covered by the exemptions that allow certain topics to be discussed behind closed doors.
In a statement released a few days after the July 22 meeting, Mayor Jerry Smith said the “Council met in executive session to discuss complaints made by City employees about the conduct and performance of” Fazekas.
After the closed session, Fazekas was asked to resign and she refused.
For its review, the Attorney General’s Office has asked the city to send its Public Access Bureau a copy of the recording of the closed session.
It’s not known how long it’ll take for the bureau to decide if there was a violation.