Records: Alvarado knew investigation was coming before resigning

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Alvarado

MOSES LAKE — Gilbert Alvarado, former deputy city manager for the City of Moses Lake, was made aware by March 12 at the latest about an impending investigation into his workplace conduct, more than a month before his April 19 resignation, according to records obtained by the Columbia Basin Herald.

In an interview with the Herald on April 26, Alvarado did not mention the investigation or cite it as a contributing factor to his decision to resign. He said that his departure with the city was under friendly circumstances and that he made the decision to pursue other opportunities with a local engineering firm. Alvarado did not submit two weeks’ notice before his resignation became effective. Tort claims filed by current and former city employees and made public April 29, less than two weeks after his resignation, accused Alvarado of sexual harassment. More claims have since been released, bringing the total number of claimants to six.

Alvarado had served in a dual role as the community development director and the deputy city manager since mid-2016, briefly served as interim city manager for a few months in 2015, and was employed by the city for over a decade.

— Staff report

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