King County deputy found asleep in patrol car is fired

July 17, 2014

NEW — 12:45 p.m. July 17, 2014

King County Sheriff John Urquhart has fired a deputy who was arrested in Newcastle on New Year’s Eve.

The deputy, who was found on-duty and asleep in his patrol car, had prescription drugs in his system, according to a previous report from the Bellevue Police Department.

No details were released on the termination this week of Deputy Whitney Richtmyer, pending the release of paperwork outlining the findings.

Urquhart said he fired Richtmyer after meeting Tuesday with the deputy in a so-called Loudermillhearing, where deputies are allowed a final opportunity to plead their case. Read more