A large crowd showed support for fired GR City Clerk Lauri Parks at Tuesday's city commission meeting
Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) - A large crowd turned out Tuesday night at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting to show their support for fired City Clerk Lauri Parks.
On October 1st the city commission placed parks on paid leave and decided not to reappoint her after her term expires in January. The decision followed a performance review.
Former city commissioner and community activist Paul Mayhue sent out an email encouraging people to voice their concerns at the meeting. In the email Mayhue implied discrimination saying, "Remember, with Lauri's departure, we have no one who looks like us at the highest level in city government."
Parks has hired H. Wallace Parker as her attorney. He practices out of Bloomfield Hills in Metro Detroit. She is reportedly considering a racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.
Laurie Parks was placed on paid administrative leave at the beginning of the month. She will receive her $94,000 a year salary until her contract expires in January.