September 17, 2014

Former city clerk sues city of Standish

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STANDISH — Becky Lakin, former Standish city clerk, filed suit against the city of Standish and City Manager Mike Moran April 9, alleging that he violated the Open Meetings Act and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, resulting in an alleged loss of earnings, earning capacity and fringe benefits.

She also claims in the suit that she suffered emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment and loss of professional reputation from wrongful termination.

Lakin’s suit charges that Moran allegedly violated or attempted to violate the Open Meetings Act in June, August, October and November 2009.

The suit states that Lakin allegedly informed the city manager about his violation and refused to violate the act on June 18, 2009. The suit also states that on Aug. 18 and Oct. 7, 2009, Moran allegedly told Lakin that he did not want her advising him about the act.

Lakin’s court documents to the city and Moran state that her hours were changed in November 2009 so that she was no longer working on Fridays. They also state Moran allegedly began holding finance committee meetings on those Fridays without posting the times and dates for the meetings and that he allegedly did not have Lakin present to take minutes.

Lakin’s documents also allege that she was laid off from her position as clerk because she informed Moran of his violations of the Open Meetings Act, which would put Moran in violation of the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.

After receiving the court documents, the city of Standish and Moran have 21 days to file a written answer with the court.

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