Former state lawmaker Will Knedlik filed papers late Friday afternoon attempting to recall State Auditor Troy Kelley.

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OLYMPIA — A former state legislator Friday filed papers attempting to recall embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Will Knedlik filed the papers late Friday afternoon with the Secretary of State’s Office. Kelley, a Democrat, last month had his Tacoma home searched by federal authorities and a federal grand-jury subpoena issued to his office. Federal authorities have also requested documents relating to him from the state Department of Revenue and state Public Disclosure Commission.

The recall paper cites a report by The Seattle Times detailing how Kelley found a job in the Auditor’s Office for an ex-employee of his, Jason JeRue.

Knedlik described that action as having “grossly abused his position of public trust,” according to a copy of the recall papers.

Among other points, the recall papers also cite state law, as well as Article 3, Section 24 of the state Constitution, requiring that the auditor reside at the seat of government.

By living in Tacoma, “the nominal auditor of this state took an Oath of Office in knowing violation of the statutory residency requirement for validly undertaking and holding said office,” read the recall papers.

A call Friday evening to the state Secretary of State’s Office was not immediately returned.

Kelley has previously said in a statement that his “actions over the years have been lawful and appropriate.

Gov. Jay Inslee this week asked Kelley for information regarding JeRue, who worked for Kelley at Post Closing Department, a former real-estate-records tracking business. In a 2010 federal lawsuit, Post Closing was accused of misappropriating more than $1.2 million in fee refunds due to its customers and seeking to hide $3.8 million from creditors.

That lawsuit was later settled under confidential terms.

Knedlik, a former one-term lawmaker, was a tax attorney before being disbarred in 2000; he has been a frequent candidate for office and in 2012 tried unsuccessfully to recall then-Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.

A person demanding the recall of a state elected officer must specify acts of misfeasance, malfeasance, violations of the oath of office, or instances of guilt in two or more acts justifying a recall found within the state Constitution, according to state law.