John Wolfe, the attorney for Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon blasted the Washington State Patrol Friday in a statement sent to MyEverettNews.com and other media outlets. Wolfe says he objects to suggestions that Reardon declined requests to be interviewed. Click here to read Wolfe’s May 4 statement
The Washington State Patrol issued the following press release Friday afternoon regarding their investigation of Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon…
REARDON INVESTIGATION FORWARDED TO PROSECUTOR
-WSP to Make No Recommendation on Charging-
(Olympia)– The Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division has forwarded its investigation of allegations made against Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon to the office of Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks for review.
This investigation began on Oct. 28, 2011, at the request of the Snohomish County Prosecutor. The complaint alleged misuse or misappropriation of public funds.
The State Patrol’s role in this case was that of fact-finder. The agency will make no recommendation, either for or against, any specific criminal charge.
Although the case file has been forwarded to his office, the file will not be available for public disclosure until Mr. Banks indicates that no further investigation is necessary. Because Mr. Banks might have questions or additional investigative direction, the case remains officially under investigation until he is satisfied that it is complete.
Reardon has been under investigation by The Washington State Patrol over his use of county funds. The only official comment issued by Aaron Reardon was back on November 3rd when he issued a statement that said in part, “This is a nameless, baseless accusation that comes five days before the election. I am more than confident that voters in Snohomish County will see through this appalling charade and not be duped.”
Reardon in fact handily won re-election and continues to perform the duties of Snohomish County Executive. The Snohomish County Council passed a resolution back in February asking Reardon to take a leave of absence during the investigation but Reardon has declined.