Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Washington: Deputy Sheriff Guild votes to start recall effort against Benton County Sheriff

Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher is facing potential petition, after 90 percent of the Deputy Sheriff's Guild membership voted to push for his removal. An independent investigator found that Hatcher retaliated against a whistleblower and two witnesses and engaged in anti-union activity.

Hatcher also has run into personal issues with his wife filing a civil protection order claiming that he choked her during a fight over his extramarital affairs. The order meant he had to surrender his firearm. He also was previously charged with felony witness tampering and assault, though chargers were dismissed.

Since Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, petitioners will need to have a valid cause of action, which will clearly be some of these allegations.

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