Opinion Letter No. 03-12
July 14, 2003
Attendance at Executive Meetings by Parties
Other Than Council or Board Members
A county council and its Corporation Counsel asked
the OIP to issue an opinion after a member of the public questioned
the county council’s practices of: (1) allowing non-council
members to attend executive meetings, and (2) permitting more than
one attorney from the Office of the Corporation Counsel to attend
When, in order to accomplish the purpose of convening
an executive meeting, a board requires the assistance of non-board
members, a board is authorized under the Sunshine Law to summon
the non-board members to participate in the closed board meeting.
Furthermore, more than one of a board’s attorneys
may attend an executive meeting to advise the board concerning the
board’s powers, duties, privileges, immunities, and liabilities.
Non-board members should remain at the meeting only
so long as their presence is essential to the agenda item being
considered in the executive meeting. Once the agenda item for which
the non-board member’s participation is needed has been concluded,
the non-board member should be excused.