MISSOULA - The attorney for Ravalli County's former Treasurer says he'll file a motion for reconsideration of last week's ruling dismissing her $20 million lawsuit against the county and local newspaper publisher.
And he says if that motion is rejected, Valerie Stamey will appeal.
Stamey filed the lawsuit in US District Court earlier this year, arguing that she had been illegally terminated after the messy and controversial investigation into her running of the Ravalli County Treasurer's Office after she was appointed. The suit named current and former county commissioners, other elected officials and county employees and Michael Howell, editor of the Bitterroot Star.
Stamey was initially suspended and then terminated for not keeping proper records and mismanaging the office after her appointment in 2013, leaving hundreds of thousands of undeposited funds sitting around her office.
Last week, US District Court Judge Dana Christensen dismissed the suit, faulting Stamey's attorney Robert Myers for not meeting deadlines and filing what he called "bizarre motions and briefs" that weren't meeting local court rules.
In a statement released to MTN News after the ruling, Myers says it took an "inordinate amount of research" and has been "no simple task" to find case law to show Ravalli County is using criminal law standards to support what he calls "improper declaratory judgments".