Prosecuting Attorney speaks at Keyser City Council meeting
Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney, Jay “James” Courrier spoke May 23, 2012 at the City Council meeting, in Keyser, WV.
Courrier spoke of what governments may do for citizens’ voices to be heard and the limitations. Explaining that governments may impose restrictions on in order to conduct normal business, citing code 61-6-19.
“What about when you’re not afforded the opportunity to speak. And also the council not necessarily afforded the opportunity to be on the agenda, to speak,” asked Ron Liller.
“Well I guess that’s another issue,” replied Courrier.
The prosecuting attorney stated that he believes it is not going to be proper for people to shout out and interrupt while they are conducting regular business.
“What’s the recourse if we['re] not allowed to address certain issues in the proceedings of our local government,” asked Ron Liller.
“I guess ultimately you could bring court cases in the court system if there’s truly a restriction on the right of people to bring their concerns to the council or the mayor,” said Courrier.
Another citizen questioned the point of having an open meeting if the hiring of employees is not open to comment. Jay Courrier indicated that personnel is probably different than a regular agenda item.