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Final audit: Ravalli County treasurer's office 'in disarray,' but no evidence of fraud

June 17, 2014 1:15 pm  • 

HAMILTON — A final report from a Butte accounting firm hired to examine the books and accounts of the Ravalli County treasurer’s office was released Tuesday.

The report from Anderson Zurmuehlen & Co. said that while the treasurer’s office was “in a state of disarray” when the company arrived, its investigation found no indication of fraud.

The county commission has scheduled a public hearing on Friday, June 20 starting at 10 a.m. to review the report and consider possible action on the status of the interim treasurer Valerie Stamey.

Stamey was appointed interim treasurer last September to fill out the term of a former treasurer who left for personal reasons. Following Stamey's appointment, the treasurer’s office fell months behind in its workload after three of the office’s most experienced employees left, citing a hostile workplace.

Stamey was placed on administrative leave in January after refusing to answer questions about a civil lawsuit she faced in South Carolina.

Before being placed on administrative leave with pay, Stamey accused a number of current and past county employees of wrongdoing.

County Attorney Bill Fulbright followed those accusations with a two-pronged investigation, including the Butte-based accounting firm's examination of the books.

A report released earlier from retired District Judge Nels Swandal found that nothing criminal had occurred in the treasurer’s office.