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Clerk Orders Money Handling Review

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced today that he has arranged for two separate reviews of money-handling procedures in his division. Jim Simmerman, a former bank auditor and retired Captain with the Post Falls Police Department, begins individual reviews today.  How long his review work will take is unknown at this time.  “A three-decade former employee of this division was charged with a felony that may have gone undetected for years.  That’s unacceptable to me, as well as to the taxpayers and citizens”, Hayes continued.  “We’re going to be sure we understand how every dollar is received, reported and forwarded to others”/County Clerk Cliff Hayes. More below.

Question: In view of the suspected embezzlement involving a trusted person in the former county clerk's office, do you consider the reviews ordered by Cliff Hayes to be important to restore public confidence?

Report: County Bad Checks Easy To Spot

Item: Police: Bad checks easy to spot: County official used correction fluid to hide thefts, detectives say/Meghann Cuniff, SR

More Info: A former Kootenai County chief deputy clerk accused of stealing nearly $140,000 over 10 years used correction fluid to try to cover her crimes, a police report alleges. Detectives easily spotted the county checks Sandra Kay Martinson, 62, deposited into her personal account – they say all were less than $1,000 and in even $5 increments, while legitimate checks were for larger, uneven amounts.


Martinson To Face Grand Theft Count

Item: Ex-official for Kootenai County charged:Retired deputy clerk for Kootenai County accused of embezzling $139,000/Alison Boggs, SR

More Info: One count of grand theft was filed Wednesday against a former Kootenai County deputy clerk accused of embezzlement. “A summons … for Ms. Martinson should have been issued this morning,” said Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney Louis Marshall, who filed the charges in Kootenai County 1st District Court. Sandy Martinson, 62, is accused of embezzling $139,000 from Kootenai County over a 10-year period ending in October. She retired in November from her more than three-decade career with the county.

Question: How closely are you following this case?

Hayes Picks Raffee As Chief Deputy

Item: Hayes picks new official: Raffee to be next Kootenai County chief deputy clerk/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Pat Raffee, former executive director of the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency, has been named as the next Kootenai County chief deputy clerk. Raffee was selected by incoming clerk Cliff Hayes, who will be sworn in next week.

DFO: Hucks Online had a Rumorama item about this Monday afternoon.

Question: Did Cliff Hayes make a good pick for his chief deputy?

Weekend Poll: NIC Trustee Choices?

  • Thursday Poll: Incumbent Dan English is the overwhelming choice of Hucks Nation in the Kootenai County clerk’s race. 137 of 192 (71.35%) said they plan to vote for Democrat English. 49 of 192 (25.52%) said they’ll vote for Republican Cliff Hayes. 6 are undecided.
  • Today’s Question: Which 2 candidates will get your votes in the 2010 North Idaho College Board of Trustee elections: Ken Howard, Robert Ketchum, Ron Nilson, or Christie Wood?

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