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Township Trustees Say No To Executive Session

A township trustee in Eastern Ohio declined to take part in an executive session, known as a closed-door meeting. Matthew Lynch, Bainbridge Township trustee, left the meeting rather than go into secret session.

That was quite unusual for an elected official. Many trustees go into closeddoor meetings to keep the public from hearing their comments.

Ohio law allows executive sessions to discuss matters related to personnel, litigation, and property purchases. Often the law is used improperly, and is abused by elected officials.

Following the April 1 trustee meeting, Lynch referred to the Ohio open meetings law, commonly called the Sunshine Law. The trustee agenda listed two executive sessions, one for personnel and the other for purchase of property.

Lynch said, “I generally don’t like executive sessions. I don’t think it is necessary in most cases when purchasing property. I won’t participate unless I think it’s necessary.”

A reporter for the Chagrin (Ohio) Valley Times, wrote, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant, Bainbridge trustee Matthew Lynch said Monday in explaining his reason for not taking part in an executive session.”

Newspaper owners, publishers, editors, and reporters across America agree with Lynch. Every citizen should stand by him.

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