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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2017

Former mayor of Mt. Union wins $70K in damages

Dec 07, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The former mayor and city clerk of Mt. Union won their defamation case against the unincorporated town.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Dan Johnson, the former mayor of Mt. Union, and his sister Linda Johnson, who worked as the city clerk, appeared in the Henry County District Court to sue the unincorporated town for $250,000 in damages for harassment experienced over the last six years.

During the hearing, Dan testified in their defamation of character lawsuit before District Associate Judge Mark Kruse, requesting $200,000. His sister and former city clerk Linda Johnson is asking for $50,000. Dan and Linda testified that verbal harassment and accusations of criminal activity began in January 2010 when John Marek succeeded Dan as mayor of Mt. Union.

In testimony, Dan said that Marek accused both Dan and Linda of stealing $105,000 from the city, mismanaging public funds and foraging checks.

According to audit reports from 2006, 2013 and 2016 from the state auditor’s office, there is no evidence of embezzled funds or mismanaging of money in Mt. Union.

Court documents issued Thursday morning indicate Dan was awarded a judgment against the defendant in the amount of $70,000. Linda Johnson was awarded $35,000.

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