I responded to the report with the following letter to the editor:
Your Sept. 5 (2014) article about Richard Hildreth, the former Pacific Mayor, being "officially cleared of corruption allegations" drew my interest. Apparently the state auditor and king county prosecutor found no grounds for bringing charges against Mr. Hildreth.
Those findings don't change the obvious:
Mr. Hildreth's legacy was a city so politically weakened that the unbelieveable occurred. He was unseated by an unqualified write-in candidate who practically destroyed the city, and still managed to maintain very strong minority support when he was recalled.
If the word, "corruption" doesn't apply here, would you accept "decay?"
Member, Pacific city council, 2002-2004