Ethics complaint filed against Kennewick Mayor Don Britain

Recall petition dismissed

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Re-elected Kennewick Mayor Don Britain is facing an ethics complaint filed by Councilman Bill McKay.

At the beginning of Tuesday night’s council meeting, Don Britain was re-elected as mayor with an approval vote of 4-3. 20 minutes later, McKay announced the complaint.

“I handed in an ethics complaint against Don Britain and the reason I’ve taken so long to do that is because — and by the way it was signed by the three of us,” McKay said.

Councilman Jon Trumbo and newly elected Councilman Brad Beauchamp signed the complaint along with McKay. Details about the complaint were not revealed. However, McKay added, “If I had done something like that I would resign.” KAPP-KVEW is awaiting those documents through a public records request.

McKay also mentioned that he had received a copy of a recall petition and that it’s “going to be recorded, so just to let you know it’s coming down the pike.”

Councilman John Trumbo is also facing an ethics complaint. At Tuesday night’s meeting, he said an ethics hearing will be held on Feb. 19 and it’s open to the public.