Judge Says Hardin City Council Likely Violated Law by Closing Meeting

Associated Press

BILLINGS – A District Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing the Hardin City Council from taking action on several issues following a closed meeting by the council the judge says likely violated state law concerning public records.

Judge Blair Jones issued the order Friday and the council then canceled its Monday meeting.

The Greater Hardin Association asked for the preliminary injunction contending the council met illegally behind closed doors on Aug. 20 to discuss a two-year contract with City Attorney Robert Snively.
Attorney Natasha Morton filed the petition that contends the closed meeting involved Snively’s contract, the hiring of a secretary and making the city’s chief financial officer the city clerk.

The association contends those are matters of public interest.

Original Article as it Appeared in the Missoulian