- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A member of the Flint City Council has agreed to publicly apologize to a former official whom she described as having professional credentials from a “Bazooka bubble gum wrapper.”

The apology from Jackie Poplar ends her part in a lawsuit by John Carpenter, who was Flint transportation director for three years until late 2009. Carpenter sued in federal court over his dismissal, saying he was illegally targeted because of age and political ties to a former mayor.

Carpenter also accused Poplar of making false comments about him. She agreed Tuesday to apologize at future meetings. Poplar says her remarks “fell below the acceptable standard” of polite discussion.

Separately, Flint agreed to pay $1,000 to Carpenter. Flint attorney Peter Bade says if Carpenter considers it a victory “so be it.”

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