The complaint alleged Pedro Olguin, a City of Burien council member, may have violated RCW 42.17A.710 by failing to accurately disclose personal financial interests on a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) filed in 2019 covering 2018 activity.
As an elected official, Olguin is required to file an F-1 and if needed, an F-1 Supplement report, by April 15 of each year. The report covers the prior year. As noted in the complaint, Olguin failed to report the $7,200 stipend paid to council members on the F-1. The stipend paid to city council members is public information and there is no indication Olguin attempted to conceal the income from the public.
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to list a city council stipend on an F-1 form does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation. Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), however, Pedro Olguin will receive a formal written warning concerning the failure to list income as required on the F-1. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation Olguin include the stipend on the F-1 in the future.
The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules. Based on this information, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 01/03/2020)