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Town clerk will resign if apology given

(ran Beach edition)

Town Clerk Beverly Brown is willing to resign if she gets a formal apology and a six-month severance package to compensate her for "defamation" by town officials.

Brown was put on administrative leave last week after she filed a lawsuit against the town over her employment status.

At the same time, the Town Commission abandoned a move to extend her probationary status during an investigation of charges levied several weeks ago by Commissioner Sam Maniotes. He wanted the commission to fire Brown.

"Ms. Brown is seeking a public apology from the town and from Commissioner Maniotes," said Brown's attorney, Lynn Brauer, in a letter to Mayor Linda Wilson.

Brauer says Maniotes' charges "are untrue and constitute defamation of Ms. Brown." He accused Brown of forging a former mayor's name on town checks, as well as altering budget documents and distributing pornographic e-mails.

Brauer said the clerk also wants assurance that the "town and its officials, officers and employees will not disparage Ms. Brown further."

Brown is asking that the town agree to allow her to resign, Brauer said, provided she is paid six months' salary and accrued vacation and sick time. Brown's current salary is $61,000 a year.

The town's attorney is negotiating with Brown and her attorney for an "amicable settlement" to the dispute.