The Metro RTA board of directors met behind closed doors for two hours Tuesday afternoon to discuss the future of Executive Director Richard Enty, who has been on paid administrative leave since early November.

There was no public discussion following the executive session and the board said it would meet again at 3 p.m. Friday.

Enty, who has served as executive director since 2012, met with the board for the first hour at its administrative headquarters on Kenmore Boulevard in Akron, apparently to answer questions and explain why he should remain in charge of Summit County’s public bus company.

He declined to comment afterward.

Enty and former board member Saundra Foster are the focus of an ongoing investigation with the Ohio Ethics Commission. The FBI has contacted the board about the allegations.

The board also hired an outside law firm to investigate a complaint filed against Enty by a Metro employee and an allegation that he confronted the worker after being told not to address the issue with the worker.

The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com requested a copy of the completed report by the law firm on Friday, but was told that the board is reviewing whether it is a public document.

Metro legal counsel Karen Adinolfi, an attorney with Roetzel & Andress, said Tuesday that the board is still reviewing the request and the report may qualify as attorney-client privilege and be exempt under the state’s public records law.

“This report is a public document that belongs to the public rather than behind closed doors in secret meetings,” Editor Bruce Winges said. “The Beacon Journal/Ohio.com will continue to use any means at our disposal so our community can see a report concerning one of our important institutions.”

Enty, who is in the second year of a three-year contract, was placed on paid administrative leave in April after he sent an “inappropriate and insulting” email to employees.

The board deadlocked on a vote to fire him in May, ultimately deciding to extend his leave and make it unpaid into early July.

At the time, he was warned to use better judgment and improve his behavior when he returned to work.

But several incidents have taken place since and have been detailed by the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. The incidents included him making employees watch a Tom Cruise movie while at work, putting a Metro decal on the side of his personal Porsche and directing staff not to wear “thongs/whale tails” to an upcoming meeting.

Meanwhile, the ethics complaint involves Enty lending money for car repairs and buying an automatic car starter for Foster at the same time she was helping to negotiate his new contract. Foster was president of the board at the time.

She and her family also received at least one free ride by Metro personnel to the Cleveland airport for a personal trip.

Foster and Enty have been personal friends for years but the ethics complaint states that their close relationship was never disclosed to the board.

Foster, who has said she doesn’t believe she did anything wrong, resigned her unpaid position on the board after the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com reported the questionable personal and financial relationship.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.