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Severance packages agreed on in Selah

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SELAH, Wash.-- The Selah City Council has approved severance packages for the city supervisor and police chief.  

The council voted unanimously during an executive session Tuesday night to accept the proposals from Supervisor Frank Sweet and Police Chief Stacy Dwarshius. 

Sweet will get a years salary plus a little extra for medical benefits. In all, he'll see $134,000, a lot less than his first proposal of about half a million.

Dwarshius will stay on administrative leave until the end of July, when he'll retire. He'll get, $40,000 for that six month period.    

Mayor John Gawlik who started the process of firing the two, says he's happy with the outcome.  

"I am happy that we are able to put this behind us and now move on to take care of the business of running the government of the City of Selah," said Mayor Gawlik.

The mayor says he's in the process of appointing an interim city supervisor and has already appointed 20-year Selah Police Sgt. Rick Hayes as acting chief.
Next he says he plans to work with the city's water treatment plant to replace the 20 year old clarifiers that help purify waste water before it's put back into the environment.

A job he hopes will prevent problems later down the road.