$1M settlement for ex-city clerk in tax flap

A settlement totaling about $1 million has been reached between the City of Holland and a former city clerk who was fired over a property tax exemption on her home.
AP Wire
May 23, 2014


The agreement with Jenifer French was announced Wednesday. She will be reinstated as clerk, but will immediately resign. She'll get about $900,000 and the city will pay $109,000 into the retirement system.

The Michigan appeals court in 2013 said a judge wrongly threw out an arbitrator's decision that was in French's favor. The ruling meant that she could be reinstated with back pay and benefits that were worth $90,000 a year when she was fired in 2006.

French, who was appointed city clerk in 2000, maintained that she didn't intentionally deceive the city.



So she gets almost a million and they must also drop a sweet chunk into her retirement? That seem excessive by almost any measure...does she belong to a Union?

Harry Kovaire

Union, non-Union, elected, appointed. What difference at this point does it make? She is in the governing class and it's First-Class all the way baby!


Good for her for fighting back. Obviously she was wrongfully discharged or she would not be getting the pay. You don't pay that amount of money just to get rid of the case. She should have whispered in the ears of a few certain members of some Spring Lake municipality employees recently. I don't know everything that happened (because it's the Tribune reporting of course) but it appears that someone with a little bit of power couldn't be reasonable and cost the City a lot of money.


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