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City views differ in the wake of embezzlement

COEUR d'ALENE - Mayor Sandi Bloem supports the city's decision not to reprimand anyone in the finance department in light of an embezzlement case that netted a former employee $365,000.

Not everybody at City Hall agrees.

The embezzlement issue will be a topic at Tuesday's City Council meeting, as the city prepares to hire the same accounting firm for its annual audit that performed the task in years past, even as city funds were being stolen.

Bloem said this week in an interview with The Press that Tuesday's discussion shouldn't veer toward punitive issues inside the finance department. Personnel issues should be discussed with administrative heads, which is protocol, not at public meetings, she said. Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press More here.

"But she said she supports administration's decision not to punish anyone inside the department that uncovered the crime after six years." Do you agree or disagree with Mayor Bloem?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.