Wapato shake-up: Officer involved in fatal shooting named public safety director; fire chief out of a job

  • Source: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
  • Published: 02/21/2018 11:56 PM

A Wapato police officer who shot and killed a 38-year-old man during a domestic violence call nearly two years ago will oversee the police and fire departments as the city’s new public safety director. Officer Mike Campos will be paid $75,000 a year. During a regular business meeting Tuesday night, the City Council — by a vote of 5-2 — approved eliminating the city’s police and fire chief jobs, creating a single public safety director position to oversee both departments. That move also squeezed longtime Fire Chief Santos Valdez out of a job. Valdez said he was surprised when he learned of the change at the meeting. “Out of the blue,” he said. “But, it is what it is.” Campos’ hiring — announced later at the same meeting — is the latest administrative shake-up the city has seen since Mayor Juan Orozco took office in December.


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