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CHARLESTOWN â€” Lisa DiBello settled a lawsuit with the Town of Charlestown for $450,000 in an agreement mediated by retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank. J. Williams. The town council issued a Memorandum of Understanding in which DiBello will receive $318,000 and her attorneys, Savage and Savage, will receive $132,000.
In May 2010, DiBello was fired as Director of Parks and Recreation, a position she had held since 1988; she has since been unemployed. In 2011, DiBello sued the town for $1.5 million under the Whistleblowersâ€™ Protection Act because she claimed that the firing was retaliation for her role as a witness in a Charlestown sexual harassment case involving town officials in 2006.
In November 2010, DiBello was also elected to the town council as an independent.
In an August 20, 2014 letter to the Westerly Sun entitled â€śThe Right Thing to Do,â€ť Town Councilors Paula Andersen, Tom Gentz, Dan Slattery, and George Tremblay wrote that they agreed unanimously that â€śthe settlement of this litigation is the right thing to do for the Town of Charlestown and Ms. DiBello and will put aside a lengthy, costly and emotional court case for all parties.â€ť
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