LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Several Lufkin city council members expressed concern with the process of hiring new city manager, Keith Wright Tuesday night.
There was a question of whether or not the Open Meetings Act was violated because of statements made in a voice mail left by Mayor Bob Brown to councilman Robert Shankle.
Shankle said he believed the statements in the voice mail alluded that Wright had already been selected for the job before Tuesday's vote, but city attorney Bruce Green says that was not the case.
"What the Open Meetings Act requires is that any final action or any final vote has to be conducted in public," Green said. "In other words, it can't be done in a closed session. Now both of those were responded to and complied with perfectly last evening."
Green said no one can be hired in a closed session, and only discussions about the candidates can take place. He says that's exactly what happened throughout the city manager hiring process. The council voted, in public, 4 to 3 in favor of Keith Wright as the new city manger.