Sunday, April 27, 2014

Press: Mystery Cloaks Payments to North Idaho Public Servants

Posted By on Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Nobody's talking right now (at least on the record), but at some point in the future somebody in North Idaho's Kootenai County will need to come clean on where $102,000 in public funds ended up.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that three payments totaling $102,000 were made to three employees of Kootenai County in the span of three months.

But a stack of records requests, including details on the payments, from the Press have been denied by Kootenai County. In fact, the $102,000 is only part of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have reportedly been sent to county employees as settlements or severance.

The Press reports that it has also learned that the funds were sent to the former employees from multiple sources and accounts.

Needless to say, the Press and its readership isn't pleased.

"The fact that some officials are taking so long and then not fully complying with the law is deeply disturbing," wrote Mike Patrick, the newspaper's editor.

The Press previously reported that the county's insurer has forked over $315,000 to a deputy prosecutor, $30,000 was paid by the county to a former community development director and $12,000 went to a former human resources employee.

The latest round of payments—$60,000 in December 2013, $30,000 in January and $12,000 in March—remain a mystery.

At least for now.

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