Timeline of the Chief's Tenure

Timeline of the Chief's Tenure
YAKIMA -- It's safe to say Police Chief Sam Granato had a controversial tenure. Here's a look back at some of the events that made headlines.

Chief Granato started in 2003. Just one year later, violent crime had fallen to its lowest level in at least 30 years. The Chief hoped this would help when he pushed hard for Proposition One in the fall of 2006, hoping to raise taxes to fight crime. It failed. A short time later, in January 2007, an arbitrator ruled the chief had retaliated against Officer Mike Rummel when he was fired. In May 2007, that ruling was overturned and the firing was considered justified. Over the summer of 2007, the Chief and City fought hard to force officers to submit to random drug testing. But in December 2007, an arbitrator ruled that would not happen. In January 2008, Officer Jeff Brownfield sued the city, claiming he was wrongly fired. That lawsuit was eventually tossed. But the city did settle a suit in June 2008, paying $200,000 to Crystal Dodge when a cop made fun of her, and Granato allowed it. In December 2008, a number of hits. The state ruled Granato had unfairly retaliated against an officer, and two senior officers both filed unrelated formal complaints against him. Weeks later, an officer filed sexual harrassment claims against Granato in January 2009. Those claims were found unsubstantiated, but the chief was ordered to get more management training. In July 2010, the city's deputy chief was fired, taking a severance package of about $25,000 with promises he wouldn't sue the city.

And while rumors of Granato's resignation have swirled for months, the announcement is out: the chief will be off the job for good in about two-weeks. Once again, these are some of the events that made headlines, and don't detail all the improvements he brought to the office. These are just some of the most high profile.