Former Grand Rapids City Clerk Lauri Parks was offered a job to remain with the city after her clerk's contract was not renewed. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says Parks declined the offer.
WOOD TV reports Heartwell said, the city hired a private coach to help Parks's performance improve, but eventually concluded that too little progress was made. The city offered Parks two options. She could resign and receive six months salary or she could take another job that paid more than 80,000 per year.
Her dismissal raised red flags among the city's minority community, with some alleging that the termination was racially motivated. Mayor George Heartwell said before the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission that it wasn't.
"At no time was Ms. Parks' race or gender a factor in the (city) commission's decision," he said.