Why Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe Should Be Recalled For Misappropriation of Snohomish County Taxpayer Funds

Why Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe
should be Recalled for misappropriation of
Snohomish County taxpayer funds

Snohomish County Executive employee Kevin Hulten was exposed by two Snohomish County reporters from the Snohomish County Daily Herald on February 14, 2014, for harassing Snohomish County resident and taxpayer Anne Block. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon resigned as a result, and Snohomish County executive employee Kevin Hulten was terminated from Snohomish County employment for misconduct.
Hulten’s claim for unemployment was denied as a result of his misconduct.

In March 2013, the Snohomish County council ordered the criminal investigation as outlined by the Snohomish County Daily Herald’s article “Reardon’s Office linked to harassment” to the King County Major Crimes Unit. Kevin Hulten’s county computers and cell phone were transferred to King County Major Crimes Unit for forensic inspection.

According to King County’s Major Crimes Unit, Kevin Hulten used a “wiping program” and destroyed evidence. Upon completion of its investigation, King County Major Crimes Unit transferred its criminal investigation to Skagit County for possible prosecution. Skagit County brought criminal evidence tampering charges against Kevin Hulten, and Kevin Hulten plead GUILTY in an open public court located in Arlington, Washington, to criminal evidence tampering on July 7, 2014.

Our Recall Petition states: In August 2014, Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe violated RCW 4.96.010 when he allocated and entered into an agreement using Snohomish County taxpayer monies to fund Kevin Thomas Hulten a convicted criminal and former Snohomish County Executive employee who was exposed by the Snohomish County Daily Herald on February 14, 2014.

See http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130214/NEWS01/702149999

RCW 4.96.010 in pertinent part prohibits use of taxpayer funds for conduct outside of the employee’s official duties and states the following:

Tortious conduct of local governmental entities — Liability for damages.

(1) All local governmental entities, whether acting in a governmental or proprietary capacity, shall be liable for damages arising out of their tortious conduct, or the tortious conduct of their past or present officers, employees, or volunteers while performing or in good faith purporting to perform their official duties, to the same extent as if they were a private person or corporation. Filing a claim for damages within the time allowed by law shall be a condition precedent to the commencement of any action claiming damages. The laws specifying the content for such claims shall be liberally construed so that substantial compliance therewith will be deemed satisfactory.

Looks to us open government supporters in Snohomish County, Washington, that Prosecutor Mark Roe was involved in the facade that Aaron Reardon, Kevin Hulten and Jon Rudicil (no surprise connects to Senator Steve Hobbs, another piece of shit up here in Snohomish County) created by requesting records anonymously in the County’s efforts to change the Public Records Act. Why else would Mark Roe be misusing taxpayer money to fund a criminal who moved to Los Gatos, California?

Soon the voters will be the deciders as to whether or not Prosecutor Mark Roe will be Recalled from office or not.

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