Snohomish County Democrats were calling for healing Monday and a smooth appointment to fill the job of county executive when Aaron Reardon resigns at the end of May.
Reardon announced last week he would step down May 31 in response to persistent accusations and numerous investigations into his conduct in office. His appointed replacement will serve until a November 2014 election.
County Council members rumored to be interested in the appointment were instead rallying around the county sheriff, John Lovick.
“Really, everybody can agree on John, and what we need now is calm, peaceful transition,” said Councilmember Dave Gossett.
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Lovick, 61, of Mill Creek, claims to have 80 percent of the support he needs from Democratic precinct-committee officers, who will select three candidates to forward to the Snohomish County Council.
“I know I have the ability to bring healing back to the county,” he said. “This is not a slam on anybody in particular, and this is not a time to bash people. We all need healing in this community.”
Lovick, the county’s first black sheriff, grew up in rural Louisiana, helping support his grandmother and four siblings.
Lovick was a state representative for nine years before being elected sheriff in 2008.
He has worked for the Washington State Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard, and he served five years on the Mill Creek City Council.
State Rep. John McCoy, a Democrat from Tulalip, said he also is interested in the seat.
Sen. Steve Hobbs, a Democrat from Lake Stevens, asked the county Democratic Party for more information, but he said Monday he had not decided whether to express interest in the appointment.
McCoy, 69, a leader in the Tulalip Tribes and an 11-year state representative for the 38th district, said Reardon has created a wedge between the county and the community during the decade he’s been in office.
“I want to bring everybody back together to move Snohomish County forward,” McCoy said.
Hobbs is a moderate Democrat and ran for Congress last year, for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, also a Democrat. He is a close friend of Reardon’s, and Reardon’s phone records showed the two spoke often on the phone.
Kevin Hulten, who works for Reardon and has requested records about more than a dozen county employees, fueling the controversy that led to Reardon’s resignation, worked first as a legislative aide to Hobbs in Olympia.
Reardon has not yet sent a letter of resignation to the Snohomish County Council. As soon as he does, the Democrats can start the appointment process.
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