Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon is up for re-election and under investigation.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has been asked by Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe to look into allegations of a misuse of funds by Reardon.
Roe released a statement on the matter in which he said that the information regarding the alleged misappropriation came to his attention via a third party. After receiving the information a few weeks ago, Roe directed WSP to look into any potential misconduct that could have occurred.
The Everett Herald reported that the investigation is focused on Reardon's out-of-town trips while on county business.
Reardon released a statement in which he said that he has "not been notified or given any details by the Washington State Patrol or anybody else regarding an accusation of 'misuse of funds'."
"This is a nameless, baseless accusation that comes five days before the election," he stated. "I am more than confident that voters in Snohomish County will see through this appalling charade and not be duped."
Reardon also stated that all expenditures and funding appropriateions were reviewed by various departments and the state auditor.
"In addition, earlier allegations made against me by a Republic Party Officer in April, regarding the misuse of funds for travel were categorically dismissed by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission," Reardon said.
Reardon is currently serving his second term as Snohomish County Executive. He was first elected in 2003, which at the time made him the young county executive in the nation.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun