The Seattle Times reported Wednesday night that a woman who prompted a criminal investigation into Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon's travel spending said she took multiple county-paid trips with the executive where he did little or no official business.
The woman — who reportedly has known Reardon for 20 years and asked that her name not be used — told the Times on Wednesday that she took the trips during a longtime affair with Reardon, who is married.
The woman, a county employee, said she took the trips to U.S. cities where Reardon ostensibly was attending conferences. When asked what the two did, she said, "Not much. He wasn't working."
The woman said she went to County Council Chairman Dave Somers last month because she was afraid for her job and her safety. In their on-again, off-again relationship, the executive has threatened to ruin her life, she said.The State Patrol is investigating Reardon for alleged official misconduct at the request of Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe Oct. 26 -- days before the Nov. 8 election in which Reardon was elected to a third term, defeating state Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens.
The woman said that she never meant to cause any kind of investigation and that it was Somers who passed the information to Roe.
Reardon has refused to speak about the matter, saying he will wait until the investigation is completed."I'm innocent of all criminal allegations and am confident that I will be fully exonerated," Reardon told the Seattle Times Wednesday night.
Asked whether he had an affair with the woman, Reardon said he would not comment, the newspaper reported.