Ravalli Co. troubled treasurer's office reportedly back on its feet


HAMILTON, Mont. - The Ravalli County Treasurer's office is reportedly back on track after being in disarray for months.

Appointed treasurer Valerie Stamey was placed on paid administrative leave in January for failure to submit financial reports on time.

It left county entities scrambling to pay their own bills. But County Commissioner Greg Chilcott said the office is now running well.

The county appointed a retired Beaverhead County Treasurer to help get the office back on its feet. Kathy Allard is back home, but remains available for questions by staff.

"They'recaught up and preparing to get ready for the next tax season," said Chilcott, " and have all of our districts caught up. They're running like a well-oiled machine."

He said its speculative. But he expects a private forensic investigation into the office could be completed in a few weeks.

When it's finished, he said, the county will have a better idea as to Valerie Stamey's future as appointed treasurer, her status on paid administrative leave, and whether a decision will be made to remove her from office.