Case #89335
Respondent name: David Maehren
Complainant name: Carolyn Armanini

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on April 22, 2021. The complaint alleged that David Maehren, a former Fire Commissioner with King County Fire Protection District 16, may have violated RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) disclosing financial activity for calendar year 2020.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that late filing of the F-1 report by Mr. Maehren was an oversight and not made to withhold information from the public regarding his 2020 personal finances.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the F-1 report disclosing financial activity for calendar year 2020 does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), however, David Maehren will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file a F-1 report disclosing financial activity for calendar year 2020. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Mr. Maehren timely files all future required reports should he return to an elected or appointed position under the jurisdiction of the PDC. 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 05/19/2021)
Date opened: 04/22/2021
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.700

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