Anne Block filed recall paperwork Friday with the county auditor’s office, accusing Roe of mishandling a 2009 assault case involving a child. The suspect in the case was former Gold Bar Mayor Crystal Hill, whom Roe did not charge.
At the time of the decision, Roe was a deputy prosecutor, and months away from assuming the prosecuting attorney’s job. He’s up for re-election in November. Either one of those details could nix the recall petition.
State law governing recall efforts requires well-grounded allegations of misdeeds while the person subject to the recall was in office. Also, the recall process cannot be engaged within six months of the general election. The Nov. 4 general election falls within that time frame.
Two other people in addition to Block signed the recall paperwork: Megan Anderson, of Snohomish, and former county social worker Tamara Dutton, of Bothell. Dutton is best known for her role in a Washington State Patrol investigation of Aaron Reardon, the former county executive, with whom she carried on a years-long affair. Detectives found evidence of the affair, but insufficient evidence to support charging Reardon over his use of public money.
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