What’s Next for Now Resigned Juan Orozco?
Juan Orozco is beginning the week without the title of Wapato City Administrator and without the salary as well.
Orozco resigned Friday after he was sued by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Ferguson's office says Orozco agreed to step down "and forfeit any severance pay to resolve a lawsuit Ferguson filed in June accusing Orozco of using his former position as mayor to unlawfully enrich himself." So what's next for Orozco? We haven't been able to reach him but under the agreement he's not allowed to seek office or employment with the city of Wapato. He's also required to pay a $500 fine for violating the Code of Ethics for Municipal Employees.
The state earlier this year filed suit against Orozco, the City of Wapato, the Wapato City Council and current Wapato mayor Dora Alvarez-Roa . The news release from the Attorney General's office says "Ferguson accused Orozco of violating the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and the Code of Ethics for Municipal Employees. The lawsuit also accused Alvarez-Roa and the Wapato City Council of violating the OPMA." Fergoson says the lawsuit is still pending against other defendants.