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Dispute in treasurer's office costs $70K so far

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 18 2014 10:40:36 AM MDT
Reports indicate FBI investigation of Ravalli County Treasurer's office is underway
HAMILTON, Mont. -

The Ravalli County attorney is recommending commissioners wait for the full results of an audit before filing an official misconduct lawsuit against the county's embattled treasurer. The lawsuit would allow the county to remove her from the payroll.
    
County Attorney Bill Fulbright said Thursday he believed it would be prudent to wait before suing Valerie Stamey, who was appointed interim treasurer in September and placed on paid leave in January after failing to file several reports.
    
Commissioners say the dispute and investigation has cost taxpayers $70,000, including Stamey's ongoing pay and pay for a retired Beaverhead County treasurer to help sort through the backlog of work.
    
Commissioner J.R. Iman said he was frustrated by the county's inability to address the issue, but said he agreed that "a little bit of caution" was a good idea.