Washington state officer files $10M claim over termination

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A former sheriff’s department security officer in Washington state has entered negotiations with county officials over a $10 million wrongful termination claim. The Yakima Herald reported Eric Salverda worked in the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office security department for 20 years before filing a claim against the county in January. The claim is the first step toward a lawsuit. Records say Sheriff Bob Udell fired Salverda for using county equipment for private employment, doing private work on county time, insubordination and dishonesty. Attorney Fabian Valencia says Salverda was fired because of medical issues and complaints about safety conditions.