Former Ellensburg police chief to run for Kittitas County Coroner

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Retired Ellensburg police chief Bob Richey has announced he will join the race to become Kittitas County's first elected coroner.

Richey declared his candidacy as a Republican Friday.

Richey worked as an Okanogan County sheriff's deputy before moving to Ellensburg in 1977. He joined the Ellensburg Police Department the same year and was named chief in 2001. Richey retired from EPD in 2006. He now works as transportation manager for the nonprofit organization HopeSource.

Richey says his years of law enforcement experience and his management skills make him a qualified candidate for coroner.

Kittitas County has not previously had an elected coroner, but Washington state law requires any county with a population greater than 40,000 to elect a coroner. Kittitas County first crossed that threshold in the 2010 U.S. Census.