Governor’s appointee has domestic violence, possible perjury history

Feb 15, 2019, 5:26 PM
washington governor, health care, transit...
The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. (AP)
(AP)

Governor Jay Inslee appointed a man who spent a year in jail for domestic violence to the Housing Finance Commission.

Noe Castillo, Jr. of Issaquah wrote in his application for the Housing Finance Commission that he had been convicted of fourth-degree assault in 2002 in a Benton County District Court.

However, his application did not mention a second assault 4 conviction in 2005 in a Franklin County Superior Court, a conviction that is specified as domestic violence in Castillo’s criminal history in the Washington State Patrol’s records.

RELATED: Dori | Jay Inslee and Bob Ferguson are at it again with the lawsuits

Washington State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson that this omission “might very well be perjury.”

The Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee, chaired by Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), “passed [Castillo] out on a party-line vote,” Schoesler said.

There are four Democrats and three Republicans on the Housing Stability and Affordability Committee.

He added that Sen. Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup) had informed Sen. Kuderer of both convictions, but “had no reservations.”

“They didn’t seem to care that someone had committed domestic violence that they were going to confirm,” Schoesler said.

Castillo, who is director of labor compliance and education for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, wrote in his application that, as the son of a drywall company owner and an interpreting agency owner, he has “a unique perspective of the construction industry.”

“I have always enjoyed volunteering in the communities I live [sic],” he said. “If I were appointed to this commission I would be able to serve the whole state.”

Castillo has already been serving on the Housing Finance Commission, since a person “can serve without being confirmed,” Schoesler said; it is the governor’s appointment that is the important part of the process.

The only way that Castillo’s membership in the Housing Finance Commission would change, Schoesler explained, would be if Castillo resigned, if Inslee withdrew the appointment, or if the entire Senate voted to deny confirmation, as with former WSDOT head Lynn Peterson in 2016. Schoesler thinks it’s likely that Castillo is here to stay — and is disappointed in the state government.

“You just can’t make up this level of incompetence in the governor’s office that does these appointments,” Schoesler said, “and then the neglect in committee to due diligence.”

He wonders “where the attorney general is” in this process, noting that Attorney General Bob Ferguson may be interested to look into a gubernatorial appointee who not only has domestic violence in his past, but also appears to have purposefully left this out of his paperwork.

“This person may very well have committed perjury on an application to serve this administration,” Schoesler said. “It would be nice if maybe the AG would determine whether perjury had been committed or not.”

Schoesler sees Ferguson as having “selective enforcement” when it comes to which laws to uphold and which politicians to hold accountable.

“He tolerates heroin on the streets of Seattle, and worries about sheriffs in Eastern Washington upholding the Constitution,” Schoesler said.

Therefore, he said, Ferguson will protect his fellow Democrats from any repercussions. Schoesler can only imagine what would happen if a Republican governor appointed a former domestic violence offender to a commission.

“There are two sets of rules, one for Jay’s friends, and one for everybody else,” he said. “That’s very apparent in the actions, or lack of, that we see.”

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

Dori Monson stage show...
MyNorthwest Staff

Watch: Dori Monson’s ‘What are the Odds?’ stage show

In 2019, Dori Monson hosted a stage show - 'What are the Odds?' - which introduced you to the people who helped shape his improbable career.
1 month ago
Dori Monson welcomes the Moose back to KIRO. Follow @http://twitter.com/Mynorthwest...
MyNorthwest Staff

A collection of the all-time best Dori Monson stories

With the passing of Dori Monson, a collection of some of his top stories to remember all the hard work Dori brought to Seattle.
1 month ago
Alaska, fishing...
KIRO Newsradio staff

Listen: Friends, colleagues offer tribute to KIRO Newsradio’s Dori Monson

All day Monday, KIRO Newsradio's John Curley talked to friends, news makers, and more in tribute to Dori Monson.
1 month ago
Dori Monson Shorecrest...
Dori Monson Show

How to support charities reflecting Dori Monson’s values, passions

In tribute to Dori Monson, learn more about how you can support these three charities which best reflect his values, passions, and advocacy.
1 month ago
Dori Monson Nicole Thompson...
MyNorthwest Staff

Broadcasters, politicians, coworkers and friends remember Dori Monson

Dori Monson, a longtime KIRO Newsradio host, passed away Saturday. He is remembered by public figures, broadcasters, coworkers, and listeners.
1 month ago
Dori Monson...
MyNorthwest Staff

Longtime KIRO Newsradio host Dori Monson dies at age 61

We are deeply saddened to announce Dori Monson's sudden passing on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at a Seattle hospital.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Governor’s appointee has domestic violence, possible perjury history