Paine Field Fire Chief Jeff Bohnet gave notice Dec. 1, saying, “It is time for a new set of eyes in the fire department.”
At the time, he was under a criminal investigation, according to records obtained by The Daily Herald. Detectives were looking into how the chief came into possession of a piece of an old Snohomish County fire truck.
On Wednesday, investigators notified Bohnet’s bosses that he doesn’t seem to have broken any laws. No criminal charges were recommended. However, questions remain about whether county policies were violated. Bohnet still is on the job.
The truck’s frame, also called a chassis, had been sold through an auction company in March for $85. The buyer was Bohnet’s next-door neighbor, who apparently gave it to the chief.
Witnesses said Bohnet had talked about a plan to turn the chassis into a bridge for a property he owns outside of Cle Elum.