David Wickert has written recently that 19 people had applied to be Pierce County’s next auditor (following the election of Pat McCarthy to County Executive), noting that the county was not going to release their identities.
Susan Long, attorney for the county council, said the applications are exempt from public disclosure under state law. She cited this RCW, which states that "all applications for public employment, including the names of applicants, resumes and other related material submitted with respect to the application" are exempt from public inspection.
Here at the TNT, we wondered whether some of the “usual suspects” might be on the list. Well, today I can confirm that Robert “The Traveller” Hill’s name is not among them.
Reached by phone he said he had been thinking of applying but had not thrown his name into the hat.
It’s a reasonable question — Hill, who most recently failed in his bid for county sheriff, is a frequent filer. As I previously reported, in August Hill entered his name for the 2012 state senate race.