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Commissioners approve new countywide anti-gang commission

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YAKIMA, Wash. - County Commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday creating a new commission to take on the valley's gang problem.

The topic was discussed at a public hearing and the commissioners heard from leaders and law enforcement officials throughout the county.

"The Yakima County Gang Commission that is bringing all of the communities together including the Yakima Nation," said Commissioner Kevin Bouchey, who created the ordinance. "To participate in how are we going to approach this in a countywide basis."

There will be 19 members on the new commission including one chairperson. The group will be made up of representatives from each of the 14 cities in the county, a Yakima Nation leader, the county prosecutor, the county sheriff, a commissioner, and member of the superior court.

The commission hopes to have its first meeting in July.