Attorney General's Opinion 1973-74 #453A
September 11, 1973
THE HONORABLE ELLIS D. MEREDITH
Treasurer of Montgomery County
This is in reply to your recent letter wherein you inquire:
"When the governing body (Board of Supervisors) of a
county holds an executive session relating to county matters, can
the County Treasurer attend these meetings or can he be excluded
from such executive sessions. If so, what procedures would be
Section 2.1-343 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended,
requires that all meetings shall be public meetings except as
provided in §§ 2.1-344 and 2.1-345 or as otherwise
specifically provided by law. Section 2.1-344 delineates those
purposes for which closed sessions may be held. It would be my
opinion that where a meeting was properly called as an executive
meeting pursuant to § 2.1-344, the only persons who would have a
right to attend such meeting would be the constituent members
of that body. I am further unable to find any specific provision
elsewhere in the Code which would require that a County Treasurer be
permitted to attend meetings of the Board of Supervisors.
Accordingly, I am of the opinion that the Board of Supervisors is not
required to permit the County Treasurer to attend their meetings when
such meetings are properly held in executive session pursuant to
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