- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Commissioners in Ravalli County voted to put the embattled county treasurer on paid administrative leave two days after she lashed out at criticisms that she is unable to do the work required of the treasurer.

KECI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1hodJYL ) commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to put Valerie Stamey on leave. She has been criticized for delays in balancing the books, depositing money and disbursing tax money to towns, fire departments and other entities.

On Tuesday, Stamey blamed her predecessors for problems in the department, called the office a “crime scene of past illegal activity” and said she planned to ask the FBI to investigate.

On Wednesday, County Attorney Bill Fulbright said he was ordering an independent audit of the office’s accounts and financial records and an investigation of allegations made by Stamey on Tuesday.

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Information from: KECI-TV, https://www.keci.com

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