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Attorney-client privilege cited


To the Editor:

Your Nov. 14 front page article captioned "Will Next Farms Mayor be Chosen in Closed Meeting?" suggests that the members of the Grosse Pointe Farms City Council at their Nov. 11 meeting violated the Michigan Open Meetings Act by discussing a potential successor to Mayor Gaffney during a closed session. Neither suggestion is accurate.

There was no discussion during the closed session of a potential successor to Mayor Gaffney and, as your article indicated, the issue of mayoral succession will not be addressed until Mayor Gaffney assumes the office of state representative in January. At such time, mayoral succession will be addressed (as it must under law) in an open session.

During the Nov. 11 closed session, the council did receive advice from the city attorney regarding various legal matters as permitted under the Michigan Open Meetings Act. Attorney-client communications of this nature are routine and lawful. Your article's suggestion to the contrary should be corrected.

Mayor Edward J.Gaffney

Mayor Pro Tem Ronald V. Kneiser

Council members Therese Joseph, Charles S. "Terry" Davis III, Louis Theros, James C. Farquhar, Frances L. Schonenberg

City attorney

William T. Burgess

Mayor Edward J.Gaffney
November 21, 2002

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