Contract extended for woman hired to get Ravalli County Treasurers office in order


HAMILTON, Mont. - Getting Ravalli County's chaotic treasurers office in order will take at least another month.

The office has been in flux over unbalanced books, and late deposits and books since appointed treasurer Valerie Stamey took office in September.

Stamey was removed from her post, and is on paid administrative leave.

Now, the county is extending the stay of former Beaverhead County Treasurer Kathy Allard, through the end of March.

Allard was hired to get the office back in shape in February.

County officials report she has made good progress, but much of her time has been spent training new staff and getting caught up from prior months.

They expect another 30 days will help get the office back to normal.

Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg said she hopes they will get everything reconciled.

"We're going to be getting reports out to our different districts and departments," said Plettenberg, "letting them look at them, knowing that there may be some corrections and adjustments that need to be done. We're going to make our records accurate and up to date."

In February, the county approved about $10,000 to pay for Allard's wages, plus mileage, lodging and food.

Extending her stay another 30 days will cost about $10,000.

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