Less than a week after Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon announced his resignation, Sheriff John Lovick said Monday he wants to be considered for the top job.

Lovick said he wants to bring 'healing' to the community after a series for scandals and accusations forced Reardon to step aside.

I look forward to the opportunity to be considered for appointment to this office, Lovick said in a prepared statement.

It's up to Snohomish County democratic precinct officers to nominate three possible candidates for the executive's office.

Then the county council will make the final appointment.

Reardon announced he will step down on May 31st.

Lovick has served as Sheriff for the past five years. Before that he served as a tepresentative in the Washington state Legislature for nine years and in the State Patrol for 31 years.

Full statement from Sheriff John Lovick:

After careful consideration and consultation with family and colleagues, I have decided to seek appointment to the position of Snohomish County Executive. It has been an honor to serve as Snohomish County Sheriff the past five years. During this time I have been truly fortunate to work alongside the dedicated Snohomish County employees who share my commitment to public service. It has reinforced what I have known for decades: Snohomish County is a fine place to call home, build a career and raise a family.

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