Frank Sweet entered what's known as an Alford plea. It allows him to maintain his innocence while admitting prosecutors have a case against him.
The judge said Sweet's status as a convicted felon will hurt him worse than any jail time. Sweet deleted official e-mail and shredded documents on his way out of office in 2012.
John Gawlik said it made for a difficult first year as Selah's mayor.
"Not knowing what contracts had been made, having people come to me and saying this was agreed upon prior to your entering office, and not having any documentation to prove that, I could say that it was brutal."
Sweet will be ordered to pay restitution to the city.