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Fired Granger WA police chief plans to fight decision

Associated Press - May 24, 2008 3:15 PM ET

GRANGER, Wash. (AP) - Former Granger Police Chief Robert Perales says his firing is unfounded and he's in the process of contesting it.

Perales was put on leave in January, about a week after Mayor Ramona Fonseca took office. He was accused of using a Taser on an animal control officer and interfering with patrol officers' interest in forming a union. The State Patrol is investigating the accusations.

On Friday, Perales says he received a termination letter from Fonseca accusing him of civil service violations. He disputes all of the accusations.

Without being specific, Fonseca said there were several civil service violations against Perales and he had been on leave too long.

Perales had been with the Granger police department for more than 13 years, and spent the last eight as police chief.

He was paid an annual salary of $54,480,

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakima-herald.com

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