Yakima City Council welcomes three new members

Yakima City Council welcomes three new members

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima city council is welcoming three newly elected members.

Jason White, Kay Funk and Brad Hill took oath of office during the first council meeting of this year.

The new council members talked to KIMA about their new plans and what they want to start working on right away.

Some of the main topics they brought up are the recent police violence, educational programs for kids and community engagement.

“My concerns are public safety, I would really like to start talking about that particularly considering the officer involved shootings and other violent events that occurred during the weekend," said Hill.

“Before and after school programs for children and high school youth," said Funk.

“My focus is to start getting people to start to work with the community, just working with the community more instead of for the community," said White.

They also talked about the high crime and violence in the city, and being able to find ways to fix that this year.

Jason White, grew up in Southeast Yakima and works as a facilities manager for terminally ill patients through Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care.

Kay Funk has previously owned a medical office at the Yakama Nation Clinic and has worked as medical staff at Yakima hospitals.

Brad Hill, an AC Davis High School graduate, serves the U.S. Forest Service at Fort Simcoe Job Corps as the center Director.

Mayor Kathy Coffey who was reelected as Mayor by the council says, she thinks the new members will be a good fit for the board.

“I think they bring a variety of knowledge, interest, experience, education, background and so I think its going to be a wonderful mix for us," said Coffey.

During the meeting council member Carmen Mendez also nominated Councilwoman Dulce Gutierrez for Assistant Mayor and she was elected by a unanimous vote.

The new members were all welcomed by the public with a standing ovation.

The next city council meeting will be a study session at city hall on January 9th at 10 in the morning.

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