Whistleblower complaint against Pierce County prosecutor
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A veteran deputy prosecutor has filed a whistleblower complaint against Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
The Tacoma News-Tribune reports the complaint filed Tuesday with the county’s human resources department and the state auditor says Lindquist’s office operates on “fear and bullying” and that the prosecutor uses intimidation to run the office.
The complaint filed by Steven Merrival cites multiple allegations of governmental misconduct and a hostile workplace and alleges electioneering on public time.
It also contends he hires and promotes staff members based on patronage, loyalty and youth rather than merit and experience.
When asked for a comment Wednesday, Lindquist said he was confident the investigation would exonerate all who have been unfairly targeted.