Ex-Montesano Police Chief Ray Sowers charged with theft, falsification

Ray Sowers has been charged with theft and falsification of accounts dating to when he was the city's police chief, Montesano officials say.

City Administrator Kristy Powell told The Daily World of Aberdeen on Friday that prosecutors followed the recommendation of Washington State Patrol investigators. They reported in August that Sowers had made more than $10,000 in illegal credit card purchases over a year and a half.

Sowers was relieved from his job in June and resigned in September. He had been with Montesano force since 1987 and chief since 1994.