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Ravalli commissioners consider extra help in tracking former treasurer

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Valerie Stamey, former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, former Ravalli County Treasurer

 HAMILTON - Ravalli County commissioners are considering asking for extra help to track down the county's former treasurer, who still faces nearly $30,000 in fines for mistakes made while she was in office.

It's been a year since Ravalli County commissioners levied over $29,000 in fines against Valerie Stamey, the appointed treasurer who created a financial crisis worth millions to the county.

Stamey was removed from office weeks after complaining commissioners had interfered in her operations, claiming that's why there were major accounting errors which crippled the county and its junior taxing districts. 

Independent investigators would determine Stamey hadn't followed proper procedures, falling behind in making regular deposits.

After she was dismissed, county commissioners decided to levy dozens of fines against Stamey, as allowed by Montana law. But the Ravalli County Attorney's Office, and the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office, have been unsuccessful in efforts to track her down to serve her with papers ordering her to respond to the suit. 

Stamey's whereabouts have been unknown since before the bank foreclosed on her home. County commissioners are now set to consider whether to contract for some outside help to resolve the case.

County Commission Chair Jeff Burrows says Thursday the board will discuss the cost of hiring a process server to find Stamey, weighed against the likelihood of recovering those fines and penalties.

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