As Mayor, I have been committed to transparency and open dialogue with the public since day one, hosting over 300 Mayors Coffees.
State of Washington vs. Ernesto Rivas case: 16-1-01284-1
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR JILL BOUDREAU
I was a witness for the prosecution in the recent trial of Ernesto Rivas in which the defendant was found guilty of all 6 charges including 1st degree assault of three Mount Vernon Police Officers.
While it is unusual for a Mayor to be a witness for the prosecution in a trial, it is not unusual for me to speak to, meet with, take pictures with any member of the public.
It is unusual for a Mayor to have experience in dealing with gang members and issues within our community. Most would characterize that as a strength.
I did not consider Ernesto Rivas a friend.
The following are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that may help the residents who raise an eyebrow at this initial information.
- Was Jill in contact with Ernesto Rivas the night that Officer McClaughry was shot?
- Yes, Ernesto Rivas texted and called Jill that night
- Jill promptly relayed all of the text messages to the negotiators during the incident
- During the incident, police negotiators asked Jill to be available in case her presence would bring Ernesto Rivas to surrender
- Why would Jill even talk to someone like Ernesto Rivas?
- Ernesto Rivas asked to meet with Jill to discuss gang issues in Mount Vernon
- Jill worked at the Mount Vernon Police Department as a Community Service Officer in Crime Prevention and is very knowledgeable about gang issues
- Jill worked with gang involved youth while serving as a Community Service Officer
- Before Jill made the decision to communicate with Ernesto Rivas she discussed the proposed interaction with Mount Vernon Police detectives
- Jill told Ernesto Rivas that anything he told her would be passed on to police
- Ernesto Rivas gave information about gang crime to Jill, which was then passed on to police. This was highlighted during the trial when the prosecutor referred to Rivas as a ‘snitch’ when describing his interactions with Jill and various MVPD officers
- How did Ernesto Rivas get Jill’s phone number?
- A supporter of Jill’s 2015 campaign shared the number. Jill uses her personal phone for personal use, as well as campaign use.
- What was the picture of Jill and Ernesto Rivas that was introduced at the trial?
- The “selfie” picture was taken by Ernesto Rivas at a campaign celebration he attended with his aunt Jovita Angelica Guillen Hernandez, a supporter of Jill. Approximately 60 people came to the event and most took pictures with Jill in celebration of her re-election. It is common for Jill to take pictures with the community.
- Some will judge harshly for this picture
Most people will judge that I am a leader willing to be open to anyone – but also take the stand under oath to bring those that commit crime to justice.
- What were the text messages?
- In addition to screenshots provided to detectives the night of the incident, detectives forensically downloaded text messages for the prosecution’s case as presented in Court.
- Ernesto Rivas called and texted Jill Boudreau during the police incident of December 15, 2016. The following screenshots show 5 text conversations between Sept 2 – December 15, 2016, and is part of the public court record as well as Jill’s full testimony at trial. All communication was initiated by Ernesto Rivas – Jill’s texts are in the green box.