Detroit settles lawsuit brought by former superintendent William Coleman

March 10, 2009
Ousted official contended that the board fired him because he began an investigation of financial irregularities

The Detroit school district has settled a lawsuit with former superintendent William Coleman III. Coleman, who was seeking at least $25,000 in a lawsuit filed May 2007, contended that the school board fired him that March because he launched an internal investigation into financial irregularities in the district. Coleman said in the lawsuit that he had asked then-Chief Financial Officer Dori Freelain to explain why she made $12.1 million in wire transfers to Long Insurance over 20 months from 2005 to 2007 without evidence of purchase orders, contracts or scope of services. Coleman has said his ouster came after he placed Freelain and another employee on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation into the Office of Risk Management, which Freelain oversaw.

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