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   A vote last week by the Grenada Tourism Board to fire its director was likely in violation of the state Open Meetings Act, according to an expert on the law.
   Sandy Smith, who had been director of the Tourism Board for about a year, was fired Monday in a 3-2 vote. Details of the vote were not available, because, according to sources, it was done by secret ballot in executive session and not recorded in the board’s minutes.
   According to Leonard Van Slyke, who handles open meetings issues for the Mississippi Press Association, that action would be in violation of state law.
   “I don’t think it (the secret ballot vote) voids the vote, but I do think they will need to specify in their minutes how each member voted or they will have violated the Open Meetings Act,” Van Slyke said.
   “Of course, this all assumes that they are a ‘public body’ as defined in the act,” Van Slyke said.

For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.

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