Ravalli County treasurer lashes back at critics

2014-01-21T19:54:00Z 2014-06-24T14:00:06Z Ravalli County treasurer lashes back at criticsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 21, 2014 7:54 pm  • 

HAMILTON — The Ravalli County treasurer is lashing back at critics who blame her for delays in disbursing tax money to towns, schools, fire departments and other government entities.

Valerie Stamey read a prepared statement to county commissioners Tuesday that accused a commissioner of corruption and described a "vile campaign to destroy my character."

Stamey called her office a "crime scene of past illegal activity" and she planned to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate.

Stamey was appointed in September. Since then, the office lost three of its most experienced employees who have questioned Stamey's qualifications and ability to do the work.

Commissioner Jeff Burrows says he was taken by surprise by Stamey's statement, which was supposed to be a status report.

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