The former CEO of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority received a one-time, lump-sum payment of $575,000 to settle a dispute with the county and City of Sonora over retirement benefits.

County Counsel Sarah Carrillo confirmed the amount in an email to The Union Democrat Tuesday and said that $192,000 was from contributions that Larry Cope himself made out of his own wages to his retirement fund while heading up the TCEDA for more than 10 years.