Yakima owner Jim Willett, whose name is at the center of this week’s emergency related to public money, has issued the following statement to Parker Live:
“I took the action I did because the Supervisors gave me no other choice. Over two years they have had dozens of opportunities to settle with me on favorable terms but ignored every single offer.
“Their stubborn refusal to deal with me or even acknowledge the $13.7 million Judgment has far-reaching and unexpected consequences, as you now see.
“Today it was paychecks on the line but tomorrow it may be your job. The County won a major victory today but by the narrowest of margins.”
Today’s news came as a relief to hundreds of public employees, who are now expected to place more pressure on the County Board of Supervisors to reach a resolution with WIllett.