Can a city council or village board
discuss general personnel matters in closed session under Wis. Stat.
sec. 19.85(1)(b) or (c)?
No. The open meetings law personnel
exemptions in secs. 19.85(1)(b) and (c) do not encompass general
personnel or management issue discussions. They are designed instead for
discussions pertaining to specific persons over whom the governmental
body has jurisdiction. These sections do not authorize a closed session
to discuss general matters such as what qualifications a governmental
body is seeking in candidates for a position of public employment or the
general salary scale to apply to a position of employment. They also do
not authorize a closed session to discuss an employee assistance
program, personnel policy manual changes, staffing reductions or
increases, or other general personnel policy matters.