Clallam: Auditor claimed to be CPA in 2000 handwritten application

PORT ANGELES — A false claim that she was a certified public accountant may have played a role in Cathleen McKeown’s appointment as Clallam County auditor in November 2000.

Two of the three county commissioners who made the appointment following the midterm resignation of Ken Foster said they were looking for someone with a high level of experience in public accountancy.

“Our goal when we fill positions is to find professionals, not just public people,” Commissioner Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, said Wednesday.

Commissioner Chairman Mike Doherty, D-Port Angeles, said a person holding a certified public accountant would have been given preference during the selection process.

McKeown didn’t return telephone calls to her office or home Wednesday seeking comment.

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