Ticket Number: 
40728
Complainant: 
Roger Lenk
Respondent: 
Don Britain and Marie Mosley
Created Date: 
September 17, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
Description: 

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Roger Lenk on September 10, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Kennewick Mayor Don Britain and Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using the facilities of the City of Kennewick during a City Council meeting to oppose a petition to recall City Council Member Steve Young. The Complaint alleged that during the discussion of a motion to pay for Mr. Young’s legal services related to the recall effort, Respondents Britain and Mosley discussed what they called the illegitimacy of the charge that was approved as sufficient for a recall petition by Benton County Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner. The Complaint also alleged that Respondents Britain and Mosley incorrectly characterized the recall petition campaign process in a way that served to confuse the public. Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, the comments made by Mayor Don Britain and City Manager Marie Mosley during the September 4, 2018 Kennewick City Council meeting, concerning a motion to pay the legal expenses of Council Member Steve Young related to a recall petition, does not appear to be an actual material violation warranting further investigation. Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into the Complaint or pursuing enforcement action in this case.