Our online news partner The Seattle Times reported today that the Washington State Patrol is conducting a criminal investigation into whether Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon misused public funds for travel. Washington State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins confirmed the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office asked the state patrol to investigate on Oct. 26, The Times said.
Reardon, a Democrat seeking a third term, is in a tough re-election fight with state Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens.
The Democratic chairman of the Snohomish County Council, Dave Somers, said he got information from someone he didn’t know, and passed allegations on to the prosecutor about three weeks ago.
Reardon said he doesn’t know what the allegations are about, but he hasn’t done anything improper. He said he has no doubt Hope is behind the allegations. “I’m furious that we have someone who’s decided to file an allegation four days before an election,” Reardon said.
You can read the complete Seattle Times story here.