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Former SAIF CEO wins reinstatement in termination case

Marion County Judge Claudia Burton ordered SAIF Corp. to reinstate former CEO John Plotkin, who won a lawsuit against the company over his termination, The Oregonian reported.

Plotkin sued SAIF because its board allegedly violated Oregon's open meetings law as some members met in private to terminate his employment. Aside from the reinstatement, the judge also ordered SAIF to pay Plotkin more than two-and-a-half years of back pay, Public Employees' Retirement System benefits and legal fees.

The reinstatement poses a problem for SAIF, which hired Kerry Barnett as president and CEO in 2015. Plotkin acknowledged that sharing the role with Barnett "would be a little bit awkward," but he said he is ready to take the role if the board asks him to, according to the report.

The news outlet reported that SAIF spokesman Mike Watters said the company trusts that its board will make the best decision for the company. SAIF officials said it is too early to tell whether the company will appeal.