Federal way Mirror article on the Chiefs contract.

“The new contract is largely the same as the old one, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2008. Church’s salary is frozen at the 2010 level at $169,454; it was $155,000 in 2008. Church waived a $2,500 clothing allowance for 2011. However, the fire district’s contribution to a deferred compensation plan rose from $100 to $250 in the new contract. The new contract, signed by Church on Nov. 15 and by Gates on Nov. 19, expires on Dec. 31, 2018.”

RED FLAG – Sweetheart Deal Alert

Not reported in this article is the $169,545.16 reason Gates and Church quickly negotiated a new contract. Depending on why the chief leaves, he gets an additional TWO YEARS pay at the rate he is dismissed.

Because not reported earlier, the new contract has a 24 month severance package, double the previous contract.

This is starting to look a lot like the North Highline Fire District trouble recently audited by the State Auditors Office.

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