Selah City Administrator Don Wayman has been fired, according to Mayor Sherry Raymond.
In a news release titled “Employee termination,” Raymond said that Wayman “has been released of his duties.”
The announcement Wednesday morning follows a Tuesday night closed-door council meeting to discuss personnel matters. In calling for the closed session, Councilman Roger Bell asked that only Raymond, the council and City Attorney D.R. “Rob” Case attend.
Wayman has come under fire for nearly a year after disparaging comments he made regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as cracking down on chalk art drawn on city streets and sidewalks supporting the anti-police brutality movement and calling for Wayman to resign or be fired.
Amanda Watson, one of the leaders of the Selah Alliance for Equality, said members of the group were in “giddy unbelief” at the news. SAFE has placed signs around the city calling for racial equality and Wayman’s ouster, which Wayman had ordered taken down.
“Our movement started with the desire to get corruption out of Selah government, and we think this is a very good step,” Watson said. “Racism, sexism, unconstitutionality reigns pretty supreme, and it is a long process. It is nice to have some motivation.”
SAFE filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that the city, Raymond and Wayman violated the group’s First Amendment rights by taking down their signs along city streets while leaving other signs up.
Wayman’s contract awards him six months of pay as severance if he were to be fired without cause, but he would not receive it if he were fired for misconduct.
City Attorney D.R. “Rob” Case declined to comment on whether Wayman would be getting a severance package or the reasons for Wayman’s firing.
“If I knew, I would not be inclined to tell you,” Case said.
Attempts to contact Wayman and Raymond were unsuccessful.
This story has been updated with additional information.