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Originally published Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 5:24 AM

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Former Union Gap mayor resigns from city council

Former Union Gap Mayor Jim Lemon has resigned from the city council and accepted a $38,000 settlement.

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UNION GAP, Wash. —

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.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/11Olv4L) he claimed 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's accused of spinning his tires in a parking lot and spraying a public works employee with gravel.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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