City manager resigns amid investigation

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MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake City Manager John Williams has tendered his resignation from the City of Moses Lake, effective Tuesday, in order to “pursue other opportunities.” The move comes in the midst of an ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct, workplace discrimination and abuse of power by Williams and recently-retired Deputy City Manager Gil Alvarado.

City Attorney Katherine Kenison said that the investigation is ongoing, but that it is “hard to say” how long it might take to complete. Though the city council accepted Williams' resignation Tuesday evening, the City is continuing to pursue the investigation in order to respond to tort claims filed by at least six female current and former employees last month. Williams had served as city manager for Moses Lake since he was hired in late 2015, and has been on paid administrative leave since the beginning of June. Alvarado resigned in late April.

“John enjoyed working with the community and city staff in Moses Lake and wishes everyone the best,” read a press release from the City of Moses Lake. “The City thanks John for his service.”

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