Phone records link Reardon to woman who claims affair


by KING 5 News

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 6 at 9:09 PM

EVERETT, Wash. -- Phone records obtained by KING 5 reveal that Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon used his county-issued cell phone to have lengthy conversations with a woman who claims she spent time with him on county-paid trips during a long-running affair.

The records show that someone using Reardon's phone called the woman on January 21 and January 28. The conversations lasted a total of 112 minutes.

KING 5 spoke with the woman, who is a county employee and did not want to speak on camera. She  confirmed that the phone number belongs to her and she has had phone conversations with Reardon. 

The employee said she uses a phone with a blocked number to return calls. Records indicate Reardon received more than 100 blocked-number calls between January and June of this year, although there is no way of knowing who those conversations were with.

Reardon, who just won a third term as executive, has not returned requests for comment. His office issued a new statement from him on Tuesday: "I am innocent of all criminal accusations and have every confidence that I will be exonerated. I have not been contacted by the WSP and out of deference to the integrity of their investigation, I am reserving any additional comment until WSP has a chance to conclude their review."

The phone records were released on Friday as part of a public records request. Reardon's office prepared the records for the Washington State Patrol as part of an investigation into whether he misused public resources. KING 5 continues to review dozens of pages of phone records from previous years that were obtained through the same public records request.

The woman who claims to have had the affair with Reardon said she may eventually speak publicly about their relationship, but not until WSP finishes it investigation.

The WSP investigation was prompted by complaints about Reardon's travel expenses. Dave Somers, chairman of the Snohomish County Council and a fellow Democrat, 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. WSP revealed its investigation into Reardon on November 3.

There is no way to confirm if that blocked call was with Reardon's alleged mistress.
The State Patrol is still investigating and Reardon still isn't returning calls. He said again Tuesday in a written statement that he is confident he'll be exonerated.