Q Does the mayor’s day-to-day control give him the power to limit the board’s access to employees during working hours? Can the mayor set policies to avoid or minimize the disruption by aldermen during working hours?

A While there is no prohibition barring aldermen from inquiring about municipal issues within municipal departments or listening to municipal employees discuss existing problems within their departments, the mayor in a code charter municipality may, in an effort to eliminate disruption in municipal business, direct his employees to continue working on scheduled assignments provided that such direction is not for the purpose of denying aldermen access to municipal information. (Attorney General’s Opinion to St. Pe’, October 19, 2018)