After nearly three months of investigating one Rapid City Council Alderperson, there is now some disagreement about whether or not the internal audit committee's meeting should be open to the public.
Rapid City Council President Bonnie Petersen says that according to due process, the meeting should be conducted behind closed doors unless the person under investigation requests an open meeting. But Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker says that the 2012 due process revisions and the 2006 code of conduct is meant to be used in situations involving city employees and official city business, not situations involving elected officials.
Petersen says she fears a lawsuit could result if the meeting were public. "I think it's important to provide the privacy to the Alderperson because you know false claims or whatever can be made and so it's just fair to people to have some privacy," said Petersen.
A private special meeting discussing the results of the investigation is Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. If the City Council decides to go further with the investigation another public meeting will be scheduled.