Woodway swears in new police chief

Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 16:13:28-04

The city of Woodway has promoted their interim city manager as the new police chief. 

Interim City Manager John Hatchel swore in Bret Crook on Wednesday. This comes after the former Woodway Public Safety Department Police Chief and City Manager Yost Zakhary resigned amid sexual harassment allegations

Crook was the assistant police chief in Woodway.

The lawsuit says that Sandra Bickel, an employee of the city for 17 years, filed the lawsuit against Zakhary. The suit claims that Bickel and other female employees of the city were victims of sexual harassment "and/or assault" by Zakhary. 

Zachary released this statement after his resignation:

It is with a great deal of mixed emotions that I announce my resignation from the City of Woodway. 

As provided under the terms and conditions of my employment with the City of Woodway, I am providing 60 days written notice in advance of the effective date of my resignation so that my resignation will be effective on June 5, 2018. However, in the event the City Council wishes to formally accept my resignation at an earlier date, then I am agreeable to such earlier effective date. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the City of Woodway for almost 40 years.

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