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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Veterans Commission has reinstated its executive director who had been on paid leave since jurors last month awarded nearly $3 million in damages to a former employee.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the commission voted 7-1 on Tuesday to put Larry Kay back on the job as the commission's executive director.

Kay had been on leave since July 26 after a Cole County jury sided with former employee Pat Rowe Kerr, who claimed discrimination and harassment over her 2009 dismissal. Kerr had been senior adviser for veteran outreach and sued the agency in July 2011.

Kay and the commission had said her dismissal was due to budget cuts.

Information posted on the state's Accountability Portal shows that Kay is paid $105,408 a year.

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