The Associated Press
FERNDALE — The mayor of Ferndale has fired the city’s new public works director after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Bellingham Herald reports Chad Bedlington had been on paid administrative leave since he was arrested on Feb. 4. According to police, an officer found him trying to start his car while holding an open can of beer around 1 a.m.
The 41-year-old was hired as Ferndale’s public works director in September. His 6-month probationary period ended at the beginning of February. His contract, which was approved at a Ferndale City Council meeting at the end of January, says he will receive four months’ severance pay.
Bedlington is the former superintendent of maintenance and operations for the city of Bellingham.