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Former Union Gap Mayor Resigns from City Council with Settlement

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UNION GAP, Wash.  - Former Union Gap Mayor Jim Lemon has resigned from the city council and accepted a $38,000 settlement.

Lemon wrote a resignation letter to the council on Monday, saying he was leaving to avoid confusion over the city's government.

Voters ended the strong-mayor position in November, so Lemon took a temporary city council seat. He claimed he was still entitled to his mayoral stipend of $2,000 per month, and the $38,000 settles that claim.

Lemon faces trial in May on a reckless driving charge. He's accused of spinning his tires in a parking lot and spraying a public works employee with gravel.

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