The office of Attorney General Sam Olens stopped short of assessing fines, but notified city officials Monday that future violations of the Open Meetings Law could result in criminal prosecution.
Olens' office began investigating in January after the Savannah Morning News reported that Mayor Otis Johnson and city council members had skirted the law requiring. Once in December and twice in January, the mayor and council met privately to review portfolios and hear presentations from candidates for Savannah city manager.
Johnson says the city will likely accept a training session on sunshine laws. He declined to comment further.