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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Troy Kelley’s National Guard Status Unaffected By Federal Probe

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Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is a lieutenant colonel in the Washington Army National Guard

According to a spokeswoman with the Washington Military Department, an ongoing federal probe has not affected Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s status as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard.

As a judge advocate general in the Washington Army National Guard, Kelley mentors and trains military defense attorneys. Prior to joining the Guard in 2010, Kelley was an Army reservist.

Since becoming state Auditor in 2013, Kelley has gone to South Korea for 12-day assignments. On those deployments, he provided administrative law expertise to the Commander of U.S. forces in Korea.

The Washington Military Department said Kelley does have a security clearance but will not disclose what level it is. A spokeswoman said Kelley was under no obligation to inform his commanders of the federal inquiry into his past business practices.

She added that until and unless Kelley is charged with a crime, his status with the Guard remains unchanged.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."