A Pierce County Human Resources investigation of employee whistleblower complaints about the management of Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam points to more problems in the office.
Investigator Kent Nakamura sided with six Assessor-Treasurer employees who filed complaints of improper conduct against Washam last year, accusing him of abuse of authority, including retaliating against employees who complain, wasting resources and using his position to promote religion.
Here are key findings from the report.
While Washam wouldn’t submit to questioning by the investigator, he filed a written response to the report. He maintains that the employee “personnel” complaints are not properly subject to the whistleblower complaint provisions of the county code. Below is an excerpt:
The investigation report was finalized this week and released in response to a News Tribune public records request.
Reporter Sean Robinson is working on a full story for tomorrow’s print edition. In the meantime, you can take a look at copies of the investigation and response by clicking on the links below.