Reactions to Chief’s Resignation

Reactions to Chief’s Resignation
YAKIMA -- After several weeks for negotiations behind closed doors, Sam Granato and the City of Yakima made it official Wednesday evening. The Police Chief is resigning effective the first of the year.

"Typically, Chiefs of Police only last five to seven years, so that's a normal tenure,” said Mayor Micah Cawley.

But that may be the only thing normal about Granato's time at YPD.

His tenure at the station was marked with controversy. Whether it was the battles with his police union, or his own rank and file, issues were common.

“Handling the politics and handling internal problems" (are things I think he could have done better,) said Councilmen Rick Ensey.

But there were some things the Chief did handle very well, including his emphasis the gang problem and beefing up patrols.

"The formation of the gang unit,” said Cawley. “The idea that we need more police on the streets, which isn't a new idea, but something needed to be brought to the front."

Still, some said the City will just be better off with someone new.

"It's good to have fresh blood in there,” said Ensey. “Fresh ideas."

But when that fresh blood will come in is uncertain. The City will announce an interim chief at the end of the week, but the search for a permanent replacement won't begin until the strong mayor issue vote, or a new city manager is hired. Still, Cawley told KIMA he is confident business will carry on as usual.

“YPD and the people that work in that department, they'll do the best job they can, like they have been doing,” he said. “They'll continue to do that job and move forward. Everything will be okay."

Granato’s settlement includes a severance pay of $100,000 and an agreement that the city will not pursue any litigation against Granato after he leaves, and in turn, Granato will not sue the city.