TOLEDO, Wa. (KOMO) — A Washington State elementary school principal accused of murder but never criminally charged is demanding back pay in exchange for his resignation.
Ron Reynolds has been on paid administrative leave from a school in Toledo, near Seattle.
His wife, Ronda, died in 1998 of a gunshot wound to the head.
The death was initially ruled a suicide, but last year a coroner re-examined the case and ruled Ronda was murdered by Ron Reynolds and his son.
However, the Lewis County prosecutor says there isn’t enough evidence for a criminal trial.
The school district has now asked Reynolds to resign, but he’s demanding $400,000 to do so.
District officials say they can’t afford that.
“There’s no way that our school district could financially pull that off, absolutely no way. It would break us,” said Sharon Bower, the superintendent.
Reynolds’ attorney, Rick Cordes, added, “He’d like to work, too. He’d like to keep his job, and he’s possibly losing his job for no fault of his own.”
A financial settlement is expected to be reached soon.