- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Ravalli County has filed a lawsuit against interim treasurer Valerie Stamey, seeking $29,000 in fines for failing to perform her official duties.

The civil complaint filed in District Court on Monday asks for a declaratory judgment that Stamey committed official misconduct by failing to file required reports.

County Commissioners placed Stamey on paid leave on Jan. 23 for failing to file reports and deposit tax money. On Friday, the county gave Stamey the option to resign or be suspended without pay. She has until Tuesday to respond.

Commissioners are scheduled to meet again Wednesday.

Last week, Stamey’s attorney issued a statement saying county commissioners knew three years ago that there were problems in the treasurer’s office but took no action to correct them, making them guilty of official misconduct.

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