- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A former Yakima Municipal Court employee who alleged she was wrongfully fired during a political campaign in 2014 has settled her lawsuit against the city.

Sarah Matheny was a candidate for Yakima County clerk when officials accused her of using her court job to improperly access her opponents’ driving records and then lying about it to the news media. She was fired in September 2014 and lost handily in in the general election.

She argued that she had been incorrectly paraphrased in a news story, and that the city manager relied on that in deciding to fire her.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (https://goo.gl/mjR1mz ) that Matheny won’t get anywhere near the $2.5 million she initially sought - just $2,500 to help cover some of her legal costs. The city agreed to formally recognize her termination as a resignation, which her lawyer says will allow her to “get her good reputation back.”

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, https://www.yakimaherald.com

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