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Supervisor reacts to Summerfield Twp. lawsuit

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SUMMERFIELD TWP., Mich. -

A follow up to a story the 13abc I-Team told you about earlier in August.  The Summerfield Township Supervisor being sued by one of his residents, who was also his political opponent, is telling his side of the story.

He's facing a lawsuit in Monroe County Circuit court. 

When 13abc first tracked down township supervisor Kevin Iott on the phone about this lawsuit, he said it was it was all lies.  Now he breaks down why he says that. 

Iott, among others, is being sued by Richard Garst.  The two ran against each other in the township supervisor primary race in August, a race Iott won.  The lawsuit says Iott removed Garst from public meetings and that Iott has his son on the payroll as the deputy township supervisor even though he was not living in Michigan.

Iott says Garst was removed from meetings when he was interrupting the meeting.  Iott also admits his son was not living in Michigan when he was being paid, but that his work was mostly website work.  Here's how Iott describes it. 

"His duties are the same as mine.  He cannot run a meeting or vote.  But other than that… him building the web page and doing the web page were over and beyond his duties.  So he saved the township thousands of dollars by doing that.  And he was traveling the world and he could still update the web page with technology nowadays," said Iott. 

Iott says there is no state law saying his son needed to live in the state to do the job and says his son did everything he was asked.

Iott says when it comes to any of the other allegations in the suit or any issues with the township people should call him directly.   He actually lists his cell phone right on the township website. 

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