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Police and Legal center named after former city manager

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima honored its former city manager Dick Zais today by naming police and legal center after him. They held a ceremony there to unveil the name.

The city council announced they would name the building after Zais several months ago. It houses the police station, municipal court, 911 center, and city jail. Today, they unveiled a new sign and plaque out in front of the station, dedicated to Zais for his 32 years of service as city manager. He started in 19-79.

Many community members and officials were there, including the new city manager Don Cooper. Zais spoke about his time in Yakima and the importance of projects like the center. He says of all the buildings he worked on in Yakima, this one is the most meaningful to him, and not just because his name is now on it.

"I did work on this building and its planning and design and funding for a period of nearly 20 years... To have something like this named in my honor is... Really special," Zais says.

Zais says he hopes the center will remain useful to future generations in Yakima. He also says he still isn't quite sure what job he will take. He's just glad that he can take a rest. But this isn't the last honor he'll get in Yakima.

He'll also serve as the grand marshal in the Sunfair Parade Saturday morning.