Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon delivered his long-awaited letter of resignation today, his last day in office. Reardon announced in February he would step down halfway through his third term after a series of scandals. Reardon was cleared of criminal wrongdoing after a county employee said she had an affair with him, and that he had allegedly used county trips and time to be with her. Later, more questions emerged about whether two staffers were retaliating against those who had cooperated with the criminal investigation.
Reardon, once a political rising star, wrote in his letter that he is proud of the work he’s done in Snohomish County and that he is leaving it in good shape. He wrote:
Through a shared vision, the ethic of mutual responsibility and a lot of hard work, we have built the most competitive community in the state in which to invest. As I said in my final State of the County Address, if properly nurtured – and I believe it will be – Snohomish County’s economy is poised to undergo a change that will transform it into a community of unparalleled investment, opportunity and upward mobility for all of our citizens for generations to come.
Reardon was criticized even after his resignation announcement in February for not sending a letter of resignation sooner. Last week, an exasperated Snohomish County Council voted to begin seeking Reardon’s replacement without his official letter of resignation.
The Snohomish County Council will vote for Reardon’s replacement from a field of three finalists provided by the Snohomish County Democrats. Sheriff John Lovick has applied.