Washington governor repeats call for indicted state auditor to resign immediately

Associated Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has sent state Auditor Troy Kelley a letter repeating his call for the embattled elected official to resign immediately following his indictment by a federal grand jury.

Inslee spokesman David Postman says the letter was emailed Thursday night and then hand-delivered to the auditor's office Friday.

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Kelley pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts Thursday. The indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempting to obstruct a lawsuit and possessing more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business.

Inslee is among several state leaders who have called for Kelley's resignation.

Kelley has said he'll take only a temporary leave of absence beginning May 1. He says he's "determined to fight back" and keep his position.