City Council Member Accused of Recording Confidential Meeting

Published 05/15 2014 10:12PM

Updated 05/15 2014 10:58PM

Eyewitness News tonight on the story of an alleged illegal recording involving Evansville City Council members and the State Board of Accounts. Allegations of sharing information that was supposed to stay private.

We have learned a city council member may have allegedly secretly recorded a private meeting with state officials during the audit of the city's 2012 budget. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's office was made aware that during the state board of account's exit conference, a recording was made, and shared with a third party.

The exit conference is a part of the auditing process. However, details of that meeting are supposed to remain secret, according to state law.

Mayor Winnecke's Office was alerted to the recording this weekend. The State Board of Accounts as well as City Attorney Scott Danks were notified.

We have learned that the council member allegedly responsible for the recording is current Council Vice President Stefanie Brinkerhoff-Riley.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's Office sent Eyewitness News the following statement:

 “Earlier this week, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was notified that a member of City Council present during the exit conference held on March 12, 2014 for the 2012 audit had secretly recorded the meeting and distributed to a third party in violation of state law. The Mayor’s office has since notified the City Attorney’s office and the State Board of Accounts because of the sensitive nature of the audit process. Clearly, this is a breach in the audit process and a violation of trust.”

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