Jim Lemon parts ways with Union Gap

UNION GAP, Wash. -- It's the last chapter in Jim Lemon's political saga. The former mayor has parted ways with the city. Lemon resigned from city council.

He wound up a a council member after voters eliminated the strong-mayor form of government.

Lemon faced lawsuits and political turmoil as mayor.

He said he's leaving government to spend more time with his family.

"All I can say is that councilor, now citizen-Lemon's letter speaks for itself," said Rodney Otterness, Union Gap city manager. "I certainly know of many people that recognize his contribution of 13 years and hope nothing but the best for him."

Lemon had 32 months left in his term.

Union Gap agreed to pay him a $38,000 settlement for that time.