Updated: Saturday, 09 Mar 2013, 10:06 AM MST
Published : Saturday, 09 Mar 2013, 8:13 AM MST
RATON, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico attorney general's office says Raton commissioners violated the state Open Meetings Act several times last year.
The findings were spelled out in a letter sent this week to Raton City Attorney Ray Floersheim. The attorney general's investigation was prompted by a complaint filed by a resident.
Assistant Attorney General Sally Malave says the commissioners violated the act when they failed to specify why they were going into executive session during six separate meetings in 2012.
While the commission does not have to disclose what is discussed in closed sessions, Malave says the law requires that the subject matter be specified beyond general descriptions such as personnel matters or threatened or pending litigation.
The findings say the commission's agendas and motions didn't give the public adequate notice about what would be discussed during the closed sessions.