Former Reardon aide reports for work-crew sentence

EVERETT — Kevin Hulten on Monday began serving five days on a Skagit County work crew after admitting he destroyed evidence in a criminal investigation that focused on his misconduct while working for a former Snohomish County executive.

Hulten, 35, was hired by Aaron Reardon to work as a legislative analyst. Reardon resigned from his third term in 2013 as county executive when the King County Sheriff’s Office began investigating evidence that Hulten had engaged in a pattern of on-the-job monkey business targeting people seen as Reardon’s political rivals.

Hulten in July pleaded guilty to evidence tampering, a gross misdemeanor. He admitted downloading a program that wiped data from the hard drive of a county-owned computer he knew detectives wanted to examine.

In spite of the tampering, the investigation turned up a trove of records detailing misconduct on Reardon’s watch, including a document written by Hulten in which he complained about insufficient rewards for what he called “black hat jobs.”

Skagit County prosecutors handled the case to help Snohomish County officials avoid a conflict of interest. Hulten pleaded guilty as charged.

Cascade District Court Judge Jay Wisman on July 7 sentenced Hulten to serve five days on a Skagit County work crew and to pay a $1,500 fine. He also assessed him nearly $2,000 in court costs and fees.

On Monday morning, Skagit County officials faxed the judge to report that Hulten had begun serving his sentence as scheduled. He is set to complete his time by Sept. 2, according to court records.

More in Local News

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

This week’s Herald Super Kid is Nathan Nicholson of Snohomish High School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
‘The future is biotech,’ but for now he’s busy with everything

Snohomish senior Nathan Nicholson is a student leader and media master.

Longboarders from near and far hit the trail in Arlington

The Centennial Sk8 Festival was serious competition for some and just for fun for others.

Council passes six-month moratorium on safe injection sites

Proposal by County Councilman Nate Nehring passed unanimously.

Crews recover body of man who fell over Wallace Falls

The area where the man fell is called Sky Valley Lookout, 2.4 miles from the parking lot.

Big fire destroys building on Broadway in Everett

Officials say they rescued somebody who was trapped on the second floor.

Luring attempt reported in Mountlake Terrace

The driver allegedly instructed a boy to get in the truck and help grab a scooter he was giving away.

A place to live: Clearing a barrier for former sex workers

A nonprofit’s house “will be a safe place” for former prostitutes and sex-trafficking victims.

A customer walks away after buying a hot dog from a vendor on 33rd St and Smith Street near the Everett Station on Friday. The Everett Station District Alliance pictures the area east of Broadway and south of Hewitt Avenue as a future neighborhood and transit hub that could absorb expected population growth. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
How can Everett Station become a vibrant part of city?

A neighborhood alliance focused on long-term revitalization will update the public Tuesday.

Most Read