Open Meeting Law

The Open Meeting Law ensures that the operation and activities of government and its officials are conducted publicly. An exception to this law is the Executive Session.

Executive Session


An executive session is a closed meeting held for the purpose of discussing certain limited matters including legal, real estate, and personnel issues, as defined in A.R.S. §39-431.03. No formal action is taken at an executive session; it is for the purpose of discussion and providing information or advice from staff to Council and informal direction from Council to staff. All formal action is taken at a regular council meeting. Minutes from an Executive Session are not a matter of public record and are kept confidential and may not be discussed with anyone who was not present during the session, except for the Auditor General, County Attorney, Attorney General, Officers, and Appointees or Employees who were the subject of discussion during the session.

Executive Sessions are always preceded by an open meeting per A.R.S. § 38-431.03,
and held in compliance with one or more of the following statute(s).
  • A.R.S. §38-431.03.1 – Personnel matters
  • A.R.S. §38-431.03.2 – Records exempt by law from public inspection
  • A.R.S. §38-431.03.3 – Legal advice
  • A.R.S. §38-431.03.4 – Litigation; contract negotiations; settlement discussions
  • A.R.S. §38-431.03.5 – Personnel matters dealing with employee organizations
  • A.R.S. §38-431.03.6 – International or interstate negotiations
  • A.R.S. §38-431.03.7 – Purchase, sale or lease of real property

Read the Open Meeting Law Booklet
Read Open Meeting Law FAQ's
Access a quick guide, Open Meeting Law 101

Public Notice of Meetings


As defined in A.R.S. §39-431.02 all notices of the meetings of the Town of Gila Bend’s public bodies and any of its Boards or Commissions and sub-committees will be posted at the following locations:

  •   Town of Gila Bend Website: www.gilabendaz.org
  •   Town Hall Lobby: 644 W Pima Street (available to the public Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM)
  •   Post Office Bulletin Board: 109 W Papago (outside and available 24/7)
  •   Community Center Lobby: 202 N Euclid (available to the public Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM)
  •   Resource Center Lobby: 308 E Pima (available to the public Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM)
View the Official Public Notice here.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities. Alternative format materials, sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices or interpretation in languages other than English are available upon 72 hours advance notice through the Office of the Town Clerk, 644 W Pima, Gila Bend, Arizona 85337 Phone (928) 683.2255, TDD (800) 367.8939 or Fax (928) 683.6430. To the extent possible, additional reasonable
accommodations will be made available within the time constraints of the request.