Councilman files complaint against housing board

Published 11:29 pm Thursday, December 18, 2014

Brantley City Councilman Lorey Bogen filed a complaint against the Board of Brantley Housing Authority and its chairman, Paul Woolley, citing violations of Alabama’s Open Meetings Act. The complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s office, Town of Brantley and the Public Housing Authority Tuesday. Bogen asked the parties to investigate the matter.

“The Alabama Open Meetings Act spells it out,” Bogen said. “You don’t make decisions in executive session.”

Bogen acts as the council’s liaison to the housing authority board, attending meetings and reporting back to the council.

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According to the complaint, Bogen said the board violated the open meetings act

on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, during meetings regarding the open executive director position.

“Every time they went into executive session, they said they decided what they will do. They switched the job description and salary in closed session and that meeting was supposed to be public,” Bogen said. “We as a people have got a right to know what board members are doing.”

Bogen said the job description was changed so that a current employee would qualify for the position. The employee does not have the required education, but has worked in the office for about five years.

Woolley said the allegations were unfounded. As of Wednesday, the board had not filled the position and was still considering whether to fill the position in-house or advertise it. Woolley said the board would take under consideration any application turned into them.

“I don’t know of any reason we’ve gotten it,” he said. “We’re going to do what’s right.”