City of Yakima hires new official

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima hired a new Director of Utilities and Engineering this week. Debbie Cook is expected to begin work here late next month.

Cook will be paid $115,000 a year to oversee the Engineering, Water and Irrigation and Wastewater Divisions.

She will be in charge of more than $61 million in the department's budget.

Cook currently works for the City of Rio Rancho in New Mexico.