A gathering of the town counsel, first selectman, chief of police and outside counsel to discuss litigation was not an assembly of a quorum of any multimember public agency or a hearing or proceeding of any public agency within the meaning of C.G.S. §1-200(2) and, therefore, was not a "meeting" subject to the notice and access requirements of C.G.S. §1-225. Joan Zygmunt appealed to the Freedom of Information Commission alleging that the town of Westport and its town counsel, first selectman, chief of police and police department violated the Freedom of Information Act by holding an unnoticed, secret meeting on a certain date. The FOIC found that the respondent officials met with an attorney for the town's insurer to discuss a litigation matter against a member of the police department. It was customary practice for outside counsel to contact the town attorney to schedule a meeting to provide a status update of pending litigation and for the town attorney to attend such meeting. It was also found to be customary practice for the first selectman and department head whose member is the subject of the litigation to be present. The FOIC found that the gathering was not an assembly or a quorum of any multimember public agency within the meaning of C.G.S. §1-200(2). The gathering was not a hearing or other proceeding of any public agency within the meaning of C.G.S. §1-200(2). The FOIC concluded that the gathering was not a "meeting" subject to the notice and access requirements of C.G.S. §1-225. The respondents did not violate the FOIA as alleged and the complaint was dismissed.

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