Created: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:56:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:15:32 EST
"Basically the majority of the board has agreed to move on and bring closure to this matter." -Wanda West/BOE President
Ron Collier, the former Chief Financial Officer for the Bibb County Board of Education will be reclaiming his old position thanks to a settlement approved by the board.
In a 6-2 vote, the board approved Collier's reinstatement, He will also receive a lump payment of $100,000 AND in exchange, Collier will withdraw his lawsuit against the board.
Collier alleged that then Superintendent Romain Dallemand pressured him to sign off on a $1 million invoice for the Macon Promise Center, and when Collier questioned the legitimacy of the invoice, Dallemand retaliated by demoting him.
The two board members to vote against the settlement were Ella Carter and Tom Hudson. Hudson says the settlement sets a bad precedent.
"In the event that someone else is placed in a position and they don't feel that they should be placed there, they have a right to file a lawsuit too."-Tom Hudson
Hudson said the case should have remained in court...6 of his fellow board members disagreed.
The board must pay Collier by Friday and Collier must dismiss the lawsuit no later than next week.