Accused Franklin County WA official fired

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- A Franklin County, Wash., official accused of embezzling more than $1 million has been fired.

County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to fire Dennis Huston from his job as the county's Public Works accounting and administrative director. He had been on unpaid leave.

He was arrested Feb. 2 for investigation of first-degree theft, money laundering and cocaine possession. The 65-year-old Huston was released from jail Tuesday without charges when the state attorney general's office said it needed more time to investigate before making a charging decision.

The Tri-City Herald reports the investigation began last month after an audit discovered misappropriation of funds. Eight other county employees -- most in the Public Works Department -- have been placed on paid leaves during the investigation.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com