Hispanic cop says he was asked to change name
City government in Tonasket is in turmoil after a police officer came forward with allegations that the mayor wanted him to start using the name “Joseph” because “Jose” sounded too Hispanic. The situation prompted the mayor to disband the small police department, and for City Council members to demand the mayor resign.
The issue blew up at a City Council meeting Tuesday in the Okanogan County town. The Spokesman-Review reports that former Officer Jose Perez told the council that Mayor Dennis Brown asked him to stop using the name Jose when interacting with residents.