Former North Pole mayor ordered to pay city $8,000

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2000

NORTH POLE (AP) -- Former Mayor Tim Peters has been ordered to reimburse the city of North Pole $6,187 plus interest in a final judgment of a lawsuit he filed against the city two years ago.

''We're pleased this chapter in the city's history has come to a close,'' said Jeff Jacobson, the city's current mayor. ''I'm disappointed one individual cost the city $40,000 and we only get $8,000. I hope he will be honorable and pay it.''

Peters was mayor of North Pole for about a year when he was recalled in a special election in November 1998. Peters promptly filed a lawsuit against the city and a council member charging them with defamation for advertisements advocating his recall.

The court dismissed some of Peters' charges and ordered him to pay the city's attorney fees. He later dropped his claim and appealed the judgment. On Tuesday, Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Mary Greene upheld the judgment.

Peters has since moved to Virginia, where he is attending law school.

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