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Former city manager's trial date moved to June 10

YAKIMA - A week after an attempt to dismiss his charges was denied in Yakima County Superior Court, it was announced Frank Sweet will stand trial on Monday, June 10.

Sweet, Sunnyside's former interim city manager, was originally scheduled to start his trial on May 6 on charges from last August that he allegedly stole and/or damaged public records and stole a computer while he was employed as Selah's city supervisor.

His appeal to dismiss the case was heard and rejected on Tuesday, April 9.

Jim Hagarty is Yakima County's prosecuting attorney, and this morning, Tuesday, he told the

Daily Sun News

that Sweet's trial was delayed to June 10.

"We are ensuring that the defense has all the discovery," said Hagarty, who is handling prosecution of Sweet's case. "However the primary reason was that the main investigator was scheduled to be in training on the May 6 date. The June date worked for both counsel's schedules."

The charges Sweet will face on June 10 were originally filed against him the very night Sunnyside had offered him the city manager post on a permanent basis.

He had been Sunnyside's interim city manager since March 2012 and in February of this year the Sunnyside City Council let him go.

Council backed Sweet at the time the charges were first filed last August.

Sweet is scheduled to appear at a hearing before the Sunnyside City Council Wednesday, April 24. That hearing, open to the public, will provide Sweet an opportunity to appeal the city council's decision in February to fire him.

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