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Investigation finds Washam wasn't conspiracy victim

The latest independent investigation tied to Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam concludes he's not the victim of a conspiracy.

Spurred by a whistleblower complaint from Alberto Ugas, Washam’s chief deputy, the investigation found that Betsy Sawyers, county human resources director, didn’t do the following:

 • She didn’t harass Washam for his religious beliefs.

 • She didn’t conspire with his employees to discredit him.

 • She didn’t manipulate findings of an earlier independent investigation.

 • She didn’t deny public records requested by Ugas.

The public bill for the findings: $5,869.50. The investigation, conducted by Kirkland attorney Jim Webber, is the fifth tied to Washam since he took office in 2009. The cost for investigations and other legal bills is now at $108,634.13, according to county records. Ugas did not respond Friday to a request for comment.

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