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Granger Mayor retains power to fire city employees

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GRANGER, Wash - An ordinance passed by the Granger City Council, aimed at stripping the power of newly elected mayor, Ramona Fonseca, is declared invalid.

City code requires a majority of the City Council to approve an ordinance before it becomes law. However, only three of the five council members were present, and one voted against it - so the city attorney declare it illegal.

The law would have stripped incoming mayor Ramona Fonseca of the ability to hire and fire city employees. A power current Mayor David Leach has.

Councilwomen Donna Shipman and Lilia Villarreal approved the ordinance a week after Fonseca defeated Leach.

The new mayor won overwhelmingly after promising to shake up the city's government.

"What the people of Granger want is change," said Fonseca. "They want improvements. That was clearly stated in the primary and general elections."

Fonseca says an ordinance like this one, only re-enforces the idea that city doesn't want to change.