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City of Yakima Considers Hiring Consultant to Investigate City Employees

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YAKIMA, WA.- The City of Yakima is looking to hire an outside consultant, one that would investigate city employees suspected of misconduct.

The City Council met Tuesday night to discuss hiring Seattle based attorney, Russ Perisho. While the city has contracted consultants before this would be the first person hired under a year long contract.


The Human Resources Department told us if Perisho is hired he'd be asked to investigate both city employees and police officers suspected of misconduct.  

Human Resources Director, Connie Mendoza, told us hiring someone under contract will help to speed up the investigation process, "We would have to go interview someone every time we needed a consultant, so this streamlines it for us. Also it's with someone who is independent, who hasn't worked in the city, or lived here, and someone who is really good at workplace investigations."


Mendoza says if hired, Perisho would give his findings from each investigation back to the city, then the City Manager and the Human Resources Department would make a decision based on the investigation.


The city says Perisho's contract would last one year and they'd pay him $80,000.