It's official: Swansen fired

More than six weeks after the Sunnyside City Council fired him, former City Manager Eric Swansen was fired all over again last night.

Council on Monday night approved two resolutions replacing those initially written when Swansen was fired on June 2.

Rocky Jackson is an attorney with a Yakima-based law firm that now represents the city. He said the city had to re-do the resolutions because Swansen was not given "opportunity for a reply."

According to written responses by interim City Manager Jim Bridges to questions posed by council candidate Don Vlieger at the July 13 council meeting, the resolutions were prepared prior to the June 2 meeting by City Clerk Deborah Estrada at the request of a council member.

Mayor Paul Garcia did not sign the original resolutions until the morning of June 3 and there was no indication that Swansen ever received the original resolutions terminating him.

Swansen, according to the new resolutions, now has 30 days to appeal his firing.

Swansen's firing won't be complete until the 31st day after his latest termination. That means he will continue to draw his regular salary nearly through the end of August, almost two months after council's initial action.

After that he will continue to draw a salary for six more months as part of his severance package.

Following last night's action, Jackson asked mayor pro tem Jim Restucci to sign the resolutions right away so they could be delivered to Swansen.

Garcia, who along with Councilman Tom Gehlen voted against firing Swansen, was not present at last night's meeting.

Both of the new resolutions were passed by a 4-1 vote, with Gehlen again voting no and new council member Nick Paulakis abstaining because he was not on council at the time of the original firing.


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