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Thu., May 15, 2014, 8:13 a.m.

County Insurer Pays $1.5M In 3 Years

Kootenai County's insurer has paid out more than $1.5 million to settle claims against the county in the past three years - and the tab continues to grow. A report distributed to the county's elected officials in January shows that from 2011 to 2013, the Idaho Counties Risk Management Plan handled 127 claims involving Kootenai County, several of which haven't been closed or are still being litigated. The Press obtained a copy of the report through a public records request, along with an audio recording of a January elected officials' meeting where the county's claims were discussed. Commissioner Todd Tondee, during that meeting, said the $1.5 million figure didn't include funds ICRMP may have set aside as estimates to settle claims that hadn't yet closed. "The set-aside report that we got from them when they were up here was quite a bit more," Tondee said/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How do you get a county job, so you can get fired and collect a big payoff?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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