Former Clark County Employee Pleads Not Guilty

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A former employee in the Clark County Auditor’s Office has pleaded not guilty to forgery and second-degree theft.

Thirty-six-year-old Tyler W. Watson is accused of trying to shortchange the state $264 when he paid his vehicle fees.

Watson was fired on Oct. 10 as a titling clerk in the Auto Licensing Office in Vancouver. He was arraigned on Jan. 22.

Auditor Greg Kimsey says Watson was fired after a routine audit of transactions showed he violated county and Department of Licensing policies. The incident was then referred to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Watson had worked for Clark County since 1999.

His trial is set for April 7 in Clark County Superior Court in Vancouver.