- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ALGONA, Wash. (AP) - The recent police chief in Algona has been arrested in the theft of money from a youth program.

David Hill, the mayor in the city of 3,000 people near Auburn, says Lt. Lee Gaskill was arrested by King County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday. Gaskill had served nine months as Algona’s interim police chief, but was removed about three weeks ago as the investigation progressed.

The sheriff’s office said it reviewed receipts, ledgers and bank accounts for the city’s police explorer program after city employees became suspicious. Neither the mayor nor the sheriff’s office immediately disclosed how much money was missing.

Hill said the program is for young men and women interested in a career in law enforcement. Participants undergo training with some uniformed officers and help provide traffic control at the Algona Day parade each July.

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