The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on May 28, 2020. The complaint alleged that Robert J. Thompson, a current City Council Member for the City of Richland, Position 1, may have violated RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to accurately file the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) covering calendar year 2019 by not including all sources of income.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent, Robert Thompson; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Although Mr. Thompson was the subject of a previous complaint filed with the PDC, the complaint was not related to the submission of the F-1 report. In addition, during a review of his F-1 report filing history, staff found that Mr. Thompson appears to have a good understanding of the F-1 filing requirements.
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately disclose all sources of income on the F-1 report covering 2019 does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Mr. Thompson about the importance of the timely and accurate disclosure of all sources of income on F-1 reports, and the timely and accurate filing of all future F-1 reports in accordance with the statutes and 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 Reminder (Resolved 07/23/2020)