Ex-city clerk settles for nearly $1M

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A settlement totaling about $1 million has been reached between a city and a clerk who was fired.

The agreement between the city of Holland and Jenifer French, fired over a property tax exemption on her home, was reportedly announced last week.

French was set to be reinstated as clerk and then 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.

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