The Yakima City Council approved the city manager contract May 8, offering Tony O'Rourke $175,000 a year. This is the highest salary ever for a city manager. The council also talked about the terms of the severance package in case Yakima ever changes to a strong mayor form of government. The Yakima City Council reduced the severance pay from eight to six months. If O'Rourke accepts the contract he will start in June.