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      Yakima hires Gang-Free Initiative, emergency preparedness manager

      YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima has a new manager to head up its emergency preparedness and Gang-Free Initiative programs.

      Perry Tarrant spent three decades in Arizona with the Tucson Police Department, where he was a captain.

      In his new position, he will be responsible for bringing the Gang Free Initiative into full operation. He will also coordinate Yakima's emergency response plans.

      Tarrant will be paid about $122,000 a year. He will start work Tuesday.
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