- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane Valley City Council has approved a $411,000 settlement to fired city manager Mike Jackson.

The Spokesman-Review says (https://goo.gl/3s9s4J ) Jackson was asked to resign at a Feb. 23 council meeting over the protests of three councilmembers and others. Jackson refused to resign and was placed on administrative leave, which meant the council was forced to fire him.

Two councilmembers recently resigned, in part to protest Jackson’s firing.

City Attorney Cary Driskell said Tuesday that the city and Jackson have been negotiating since March and agreed to a mediated settlement.

Jackson could not be reached for comment but his attorney Milt Rowland said the settlement matches termination conditions in Jackson’s contract.

Jackson has said Mayor Rod Higgins Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard told him the Friday before the council meeting that he would be fired, leading some to accuse the council of violating Washington’s open-meetings law. Higgins disputes those allegations.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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