Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is recommending a fourth-degree assault charge be filed against the mayor of Tenino following a scuffle at the Tenino Eagles Club last month.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of July 28, said Lt. Ray Brady. During a confrontation just before closing, Wayne Fournier, 39, allegedly hit a phone out of a female employee’s hand.
Fournier was not arrested, but Tenino’s police chief asked the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the allegation, Brady said. The case was referred to prosecutors who are now reviewing the case, according to a prosecutor’s office spokesperson.
The Olympian could not reach Fournier for comment. His lawyer, Justin Kover, sent the following statement to The Olympian via text message: “The Mayor denies the allegation. The evidence will show he didn’t hit anyone that night.”
According to the Sheriff’s Office incident report, Fournier was part of a group of men standing in an area of the club not meant for customers. As a woman walked by, she told deputies she was hit on the chest. When she told Fournier he hit her, she said, he swore at her.
Later a security guard at the club told the group that included Fournier to leave and the employee said she would call 911 if they didn’t, according to the incident report. When she picked up a phone, Fournier allegedly hit it out of her hand, which a detective determined was assault.
Earlier in the night, the bar manager asked the group several times to move and Fournier replied “Do you know who I am?” and “I’m the f---ing mayor of Tenino,” according to the incident report.
Fournier took office in 2016, and his term is set to expire at the end of this year. He is currently running unopposed for re-election in November.