Wapato ex-city administrator Juan Orozco released from jail without charges

UPDATE: KAPP-KVEW has confirmed that Orozco is no longer in custody.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Former Wapato city administrator Juan Orozco will be released from jail without charges.

Orozco made his first court appearance Wednesday after being arrested on suspicion of official misconduct and misappropriation and falsification of accounts by a public officer.

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Doug Federspiel said after reviewing the probable cause affidavit from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, there was not enough evidence to keep Orozco in jail.

Deputies accused Orozco of official misconduct by arranging for his own appointment to city administrator with annual salary of $95,000 — an accusation that was primarily based on a report by the state auditor’s office.

They also said he also misappropriated a $100 cash donation by a local business owner on Oct. 4, 2018 at Wapato City Hall. The donation was for the city’s annual Harvest Festival.

“I’m not gonna allow the state auditors office to assume my role to determine probable cause. That’s my job, not theirs,” Judge Federspiel said.

Detectives have been investigating Orozco and other city officials for evidence of potential crimes for more than a month.

Orozco will be released from jail by Wednesday evening.