Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, is calling for Auditor Troy Kelly to resign in light of the federal indictment handed down Thursday morning.
Kelley was indicted by a federal grand jury on 10 counts related to tax evasion, including activity that allegedly occurred after his election to the auditor’s office. A federal search warrant was served at the auditor’s residence and office last month in conjunction with a subpoena issued by a federal grand jury.
“It is now abundantly clear that Troy Kelley can no longer continue to serve as auditor,” said Stokesbary. “The Office of State Auditor is charged with preserving the public’s trust in our governmental institutions. Troy Kelley has irrevocably broken the public’s trust and I join with Gov. Inslee in calling for him to resign immediately. I do not believe a leave of absence is enough. He must leave office by May 10 so that the public can select his replacement later this year.”
The state auditor’s office is independently audited every three years by the National State Auditor’s Association. Additional oversight is provided by the Washington State Office of Financial Management.
If Kelley resigns or is removed from office before May 10, a special election to fill his seat would occur in November.