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By Sterling McGinn

During closed session on Monday, May 18, the Newberry Village Council discussed accepting a settlement agreement in the arbitration between the village and former Village Manager Jennifer James-Mesloh. The council returned to open session and voted to accept the terms.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Newberry News obtained a copy of the agreement.

James-Mesloh was employed by the village from January 2017 until her resignation in September 2019.

James-Mesloh filed arbitration against the village to seek compensation for financial damage after wrongful actions, which were not detailed in the documents received.

A total of $307,000 will be paid to James-Mesloh and her attorneys. A total of  $250,000 must be paid within 21 days of the signing of the agreement.

An additional $57,000 will be payable in three installments of $19,000 each, with the first payment coming no later than June 30, 2021, and the second no later than January 31, 2023.

Other terms of the settlement include:

—Removing from village websites the minutes from the August 20, 2019 Village meeting, which refers to the motion to suspend James-Mesloh for malfeasance.

—Removing all attorney letters regarding James-Mesloh from websites and social media.

—No additional letters from any attorneys that mention James-Mesloh will be added to the website, meeting minutes from any council of the Village of Newberry.

—The Village of Newberry will add a letter of appreciation to the James-Mesloh’s employment file. The Village of Newberry agreed that they will not harm or disparage James-Mesloh in any context or format, or contribute in a personal or professional capacity to the spread or communication of disparaging information or documents referencing James-Mesloh. You can hire elderly estate planning lawyers to take care of the documents.