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City worker back on the job, after woman's drowning had him fired

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By: Alexandra Cowley

acowley@abc6.com

The city sanitary inspector who was fired after the body of Marie Joseph was found at the bottom of a murky Fall River Public pool in June 2011, is back at work. This, according to The Fall River Herald

Roger Casavant returned to work on September 5th. Casavant's lawyers and the city's law department confirmed to the Fall River Herald that Casavant has been back at work after winning an arbitrator's ruling.

Casavant was fired by Mayor Will Flanagan in late July 2011. The ruling, which allowed Casavant to return to work, also requires he be compensated for the 13 months he was out of work.

"Mr. Casavant, as a city inspector, had no jurisdiction over the state-run pool," said Casavant's lawyer in response to the ruling.

36-year-old Marie Joseph drowned in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Pool in Lafayette Park on June 26th. Her body wasn't discovered until two days later because of the pools murkiness.

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