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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."

Washington State Auditor Shows No Signs Of Stepping Down

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Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley

In an all-staff email Friday, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley seemed to suggest he’s not planning to step down or even take a leave of absence.

The email began with the first-term Democrat acknowledging to his staff that this is a ‘difficult and unsettling time.’ He offered thanks for the words of encouragement he’s received and said, “I intend to use my actions to continue to show dedication to our Office and trust of the people of the State of Washington.”

Kelley has acknowledged that federal investigators have questions about his past business practices. Kelley’s home was searched by federal agents earlier this month and his office received a grand jury subpoena.

The feds have obtained other Kelley-related records from the state legislature, the state Department of Revenue and the Public Disclosure Commission.

Kelley has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes.

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."