WSP completes investigation of Snohomish Co. Executive

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Updated Friday, May 4 at 6:59 PM

The criminal investigation into Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon is complete and has been placed in the hands of prosecutors, KING 5 News has learned.

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks received the investigation report from the Washington State Patrol on Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. Banks will determine whether Reardon will be charged with misuse of public funds, a felony.

Banks is expected to take several weeks before making a charging decision. He was assigned the case to avoid conflict of interest issues with Snohomish County's prosecutors.

The WSP investigation into Reardon's travel expenses began last fall, shortly before Reardon won reelection to a third term. The investigation was prompted by complaints about Reardon's travel expenses.

At the time, Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers said someone came to him regarding Reardon's travel expenses on out-of-town trips. Somers said he then took the allegations to the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office, which contacted Washington State Patrol to further investigate. WSP revealed its investigation into Reardon on November 3.

In February, county employee Tamara Dutton told KING 5 News that she had a long-running affair with Reardon, who is married. She said Reardon used county funds to conduct the affair during official out-of-town business trips.

After Dutton came forward with her story, several Snohomish County elected officials urged Reardon to take a leave of absence until the WSP investigation was complete. Reardon did not respond to those calls, which came from both Democratic and Republican politicians.

 

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