Two Yakima Police Officers file complaint with Public Employment Relations Committee
Yakima, WA - Two Yakima Police Officers filed a union complaint this week through the Public Employment Relations Committee claiming retaliation by Police Chief Sam Granato.
The complaint charges the City of Yakima with unfair labor practices.
Union leaders say Sergeant Brenda George was retaliated against for supporting former YPAL employee Crystal Dodge in an internal investigation into the way Dodge was treated by Officer Ben Hittle when they worked together.
It says George was transferred back to patrol, which she believes was retaliation and was later denied a detective sergeant position.
The complaint also says Officer Elaine Gonzalez was retaliated against for taking part in a union meeting with the Yakima City Council to discuss concerns with the chief.
The union claims Gonzalez was sent back to patrol and got a negative comment from the chief on her yearly evaluation.
Calls to City Manager Dick Zais and the union president have not been returned yet.