Kelly’s attorney, Jay Zelenock, declined to comment.
An additional payment made to Kelly by the insurance company without the board’s knowledge or documentation would be unusual, said Robin Luce-Herrmann, general counsel for the Michigan Press Association.
“It’s also fair to say over the years we have seen a number instances where public bodies entered into settlement agreements and tried to keep them confidential,” Herrmann said. “The $5,000 seems really low for a case that has gone this far, but obviously we don’t know everything that is going on.”
The settlement and gag order also cover Terry Phipps and Anna Vidal, though neither worked at the library or were parties to the lawsuit. Phipps was Kelly’s boyfriend and Vidal worked at the Royal Oak Public Library when Lansdale was director there. Neither received compensation under the settlement that both signed in November 2012.