GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Grand Blanc Township Board of Trustees has reinstated the employment contract of ousted Superintendent Dennis Liimatta.
“It feels great to be back,” Liimatta said Monday, his first official day back on the job since the previous Board of Trustees abruptly dismissed him without explanation in June.
“I’m obviously excited to pick up where we left off. We have some catching up to do, obviously. I’m excited to see where the new board wants to take us.”
Monday was “action packed,” starting with a meeting with department heads to bring Liimatta up to speed on everything that has happened during his absence.
He followed up with a full report from the Human Resources Department, including discussion of the township’s response to the COVID-19 developments.
Monday afternoon’s activities centered on reviewing the fiscal year 2020-21 budget for each department.
“We lost some momentum,” Liimatta said. “Now, we’re going to get back to it, keep growing and heading in the right direction.”
With six newly-elected members seated in late November, the Board of Trustees wasted no time in discussing Liimatta’s return.
Clerk David Robertson said the results of the November general election were a “forceful” referendum on the previous board’s decision.
“I appreciate the support I received from the Grand Blanc Township community, and the business community, as well as the staff,” Liimatta said. “The support was very humbling.”
After being dismissed, Liimatta filed a $750,000 lawsuit against the township, claiming violations of the Whistleblower Act and breach of contract.
“We reached an amicable settlement agreement that we signed off on Friday morning,” Liimatta said of the lawsuit.