AP-Former Union Gap Mayor Jim Lemon has resigned from the city council and accepted a $38,000 settlement. In a resignation letter to the council Monday, Lemon said he was leaving to avoid confusion over the city's form of government. Voters ended the strong-mayor position in November, and Lemon stepped down to a temporary city council seat. Lemon claims he was still owed the mayoral stipend of $2,000 per month. The $38,000 settles that claim.

Lemon faces trial in May on a reckless driving charge. He is accused of spinning his tires in a parking lot and spraying a public works employee with gravel.