The Ombudsman determined that Midland Council's March 17, 2014 closed meeting discussion about the Chief Administrative Officer's absence and workload coverage during the absence fell within the "personal matters" exception to the open meeting requirements.  A workload chart and 'letter of interest' from a member of the public mentioned in the meeting were only referenced collaterally and in the context of planning for coverage of the absence period.  

 

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