2017-04-19 / Front Page

Greenleaf trustee, ex-clerk settle suit

BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com


Randy Schuette Randy Schuette GREENLEAF TWP. — A settlement has been reached between a township trustee and a former clerk who sued him for defamation of character and other allegations of civil wrongdoing.

Trustee Randy Schuette will pay Lori Mazure $1,500 to settle the 2016 complaint in which the former township clerk sued him for more than $25,000 for alleged defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Schuette declined comment on the recent settlement, which the News obtained from court records.

Mazure filed the lawsuit in Sanilac County Circuit Court in March 2016. At the time of the filing she was still the clerk, but was the target of a recall effort led by Schuette which ended in her removal from office by voters in May of that year.

In the lawsuit, Mazure claimed Schuette made false comments to newspaper reporters and third parties that she intentionally recorded minutes of board meeting incorrectly; she altered a building permit; she complied with a Freedom of Information request because she and her husband were personal friends with an involved individual; handed out township documents because she was a personal friend with an individual for an improper purpose; she abused her office when she released documents as required pursuant to an FOIA request, for an improper purpose.

Schuette’s actions, according to the lawsuit, “were committed with the intent to harass Plaintiff” and placed her “in a false light in the public eye… That false allegations directed against Plaintiff were solely for Defendant’s personal bias against Plaintiff, and in retaliation for Plaintiff standing up to Defendant as it relates to his conduct…”

According to the lawsuit, on Memorial Day Weekend 2015, Schuette sent 120 separate Freedom of Information Act requests to Mazure in her capacity as clerk to which she complied.

The lawsuit alleged the information requested “was sought solely to harass and otherwise obstruct and interfere with Plaintiff’s personal activities…That Defendant’s conduct… was intentional, spiteful and malicious…extreme, outrageous… That Defendant’s conduct resulted in mental anguish, upset, and emotional distress to Plaintiff.”

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