AG's office investigates alleged open meeting violations

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The controversy continues at Savannah's City Hall. City Alderman Tony Thomas confirms to WTOC that the Georgia Attorney General's office is investigating a possible violation of the open meetings law.

City Council members allege that Mayor Otis Johnson told them to split into teams of three to interview candidates for the city manager position. That skirted a state law that requires a meeting to be open to the public.

This past Wednesday, council members heard presentations by each candidate about their plans for the first 90 days in office. No advance public notice of that meeting was given which is required.

A heated council meeting followed in which the aldermen and the mayor bickered back and forth about the final two candidates, acting City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney and Albany City Manager Alfred Lott.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens learned of the possible violations and is now investigating.

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