Prosecutors in Snohomish County have decided not to press criminal charges against former Granite Falls Police Chief Tony Domish in connection with evidence that went missing.
Diana Hefley of The Everett Herald reported on June 21 that the Prosecuting Attorney's Office made its determination after reviewing an investigative report from the Marysville Police Department that alleged Domish mishandled some $4,000 that was found or seized during his time in Granite Falls. Marysville Police undertook the investigation at the request of Granite Falls' current police chief.
Snohomish County prosecutors told The Herald they didn't have enough evidence to prove Domish committed any crimes. They concluded from the evidence that, while he didn't follow statutory requirements for use of seized money as part of a criminal investigation, such as for controlled drug buys, Domish used the money for police business and did not personally benefit. Documents supplied by Marysville Police detectives indicated $3,000 was used by police for drug buys but that another $1,000 could not be accounted for.
Prosecutors also concluded they did not have sufficient evidence to cite Domish for allegedly falsifying records.
Domish served as chief of police in Granite Falls -- a city of 3,000 -- from 2006 until 2010. He resigned in 2010 and received a severance payment of some $78,000.
Domish subsequently was hired to be police chief of the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department in June 2011. His employment with White Salmon ended on May 23, when Mayor David Poucher terminated his employment contract without cause. Domish was placed on paid administrative leave on May 2 after the city learned about the Snohomish County investigation. In the days following Domish's suspension, the city brought in a team of consultants to perform an administrative review of the department. That report has not been made public.