The last foot note in a 31-page decision by Arbitrator Thomas Sonneborn on the firing of Dereck Lee by newly-sworn in Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser says,
This award directs the reinstatement of the Grievant as Foreman. Whether the Grievant may be subsequently demoted from the position of Foreman, and whether such demotion requires just cause are questions of contract interpretation not before this arbitrator and for which no opinion is
Lee “shall be made whole for all pay and benefits lost from the date of termination to the date of his restoration to the District’s payroll as Foreman, less any sums he received from other employment during the period,” the arbitrator ruled.
Lee was hired by the Nunda Township Road District shortly after he was fired by Gasser in mid-May, 2017.
He will receive payment for the difference between what his salary and benefits would have been in Algonquin Township had he not been let go and what he received from Nunda Township.
The decision points out that Derek Lee was not married to Miller’s daughter Rebecca at the time he was hired by Bob Miller.
It does not speak to where Lee was living at the time, however.