City of Wapato settles lawsuit for $185K but faces more complaints

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WAPATO, Wash. (AP) – The City of Wapato closed one of the lawsuits filed against it by reaching a settlement with two former city employees.

Wapato still faces at least seven lawsuits filed based on actions under former City Administrator Juan Orozco, Mayor Dora Alvarez-Roa and the previous city council, The Yakima Herald reports.

The city agreed in January to pay $185,002 to former employees Robin Cordova and Cindy Goodin.

The women alleged wrongful termination and ongoing harassment by the city administration. The women agreed to accept $65,001 each, as well as $55,000 for attorney fees.

A criminal investigation into city affairs regarding Orozco continues, but no updates were available from the Yakima County prosecuting attorney or Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

A state auditor’s report published in May listed eight findings of egregious, negligent mismanagement under Orozco.

An open government activist filed a lawsuit against Yakima alleging violations of the state’s open public meetings.

Five former or current police or corrections officers filed lawsuits alleging retaliation or wrongful termination.

Another city employee filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment.

The city also faces at least two civil tort claim filings alleging wrongful termination that are expected to become civil lawsuits.

The outstanding complaints do not yet have dates for court hearings.