June 24, 2009— Craig Ladiser, director of the county planning department, attends a golf tournament as the guest of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. He gets drunk. While joking with others about golf tees, Ladiser exposes his genitals and allegedly presses them against the leg of a woman who is a building industry lobbyist.
June 29 — Ladiser is contacted by a Master Builders official about what happened. Ladiser e-mails the woman and says he will resign. Ladiser later says representatives of the builders group tell him not to take so rash a step. Ladiser speaks with his boss, Brian Parry, an executive director for County Executive Aaron Reardon. Ladiser is placed on paid leave and enters treatment for alcohol problems. He and others in Reardon’s office explain the absence as due to an “unexpected family emergency.”
July 9 — The county receives a letter from the woman regarding what happened on the golf course. At Reardon’s request, the county hires a labor attorney to conduct a civil investigation. Deputy Executive Mark Soine talks with the woman. He suggests that Ladiser’s resignation “may put an end to the story.” He also says it would be wrong for somebody to pressure her not to pursue charges.
July 14 — Human resources director Bridget Clawson speaks with Ladiser on the phone. He tells her of “damage control” work being done on his behalf by Master Builders officials. Clawson doesn’t pass along her notes to others in county government, saying she believed they already are aware.
Aug. 14 — The woman Ladiser allegedly accosted seeks a protection order against him in King County Superior Court. She alleges she is the victim of a sexual assault.
Aug. 20 — Ladiser fired.
Oct. 26 — King County Sheriff’s Office opens criminal investigation of golf course incident.
March 12, 2010 — Ladiser charged with indecent exposure and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. Prosecutors in charging papers note the woman had been pressured not to bring a complaint. Ladiser has pleaded not guilty.