February 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Snohomish County sheriff wants to be county exec
Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick announced this morning that he is seeking appointment to Snohomish County executive.
Lovick, who’s been sheriff for the past five years, would like to run the county following the announcement last week by County Executive Aaron Reardon that he will step down in May.
In an interview this morning, Lovick said he’s confident he will get the appointment.
“I know I have the ability to bring healing back to the county council. This is not a slam on anybody in particular and this is not a time to bash people. We all need healing in this community,” Lovick said.
Reardon, a Democrat, had grown increasingly isolated over the past two years as he weathered scandal after scandal: an alleged extramarital affair with a county employee, appearing to use county resources for his campaign, a Washington State Patrol criminal investigation into his travel. His resignation, which came on the heels of newspaper reports that tied members of his staff to records requests about county employees who cooperated with the State Patrol investigation into Reardon, came as a surprise announcement at the end of a routine speech.
Reardon tendered his resignation effective May 31.
By county charter, the Snohomish County Democrats will select three candidates to replace Reardon, and the Snohomish County Council will fill the seat by selecting from that group.
That person will have to run in 2014, and the seat will be on the ballot again in 2015.
Since Reardon’s announcement on Thursday, Lovick’s name has been brought up by several people. Other names brought up include council members Brian Sullivan, Dave Somers and Dave Gossett, and state Sen. Steve Hobbs.
Had Reardon stepped down by May 17, his seat could have been on the ballot this year. Waiting until May 31 essentially ensures a Democrat will stay in office an extra year.
Lovick, 61, was with the Washington State Patrol for 31 years and served in the state Legislature for nine years.
Lovick said that he has no plan to resign from the sheriff’s office until he knows whether he will be appointed. If he does not receive the appointment he plans to run for county executive in 2014.
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