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Longtime Yakima Police Sergeant and Union President Retires

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A longtime Yakima Police Office announces his retirement. Sergeant Bob Hester has been with the Yakima Police Departmennt since 1974. He served as the department's union president and also was on YPD's SWAT team.

He says he's been planning to retire since last year. The decision had nothing to do with labor disputes involving Chief Sam Granato.

Hester says he'll miss teaching younger officers.    

"I've had a lot of opportunities in teaching different fields," Sgt. Hester said.  "Not only in SWAT but in less lethal and narcotics raids."

Replacing him will be Detective Michael Nielsen. Nielsen says he'll call and email Hester often, until he is able to "get his feet on the ground and learns what he needs to learn".

Hester will serve as a consultant to the Union on labor negotiations for the next year or two.

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