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.
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,