EDITOR NOTE–Due to formatting and space, Ms McIntyre’s response (explanation) follows at the bottom of the page.
Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre is running for Idaho State Treasurer in the upcoming primary election and a recent audit report from the county auditor’s office advises the Board of Commissioners to revoke her county credit card for alleged misuse.
Clerk Chris Rich, in a letter to the Board of County Commissioners claims the treasurer used her official credit card to purchase hockey tickets and pay taxi fares for a total of about $327–personal expenses. Rich noted that Ada County was immediately reimbursed when McIntyre was informed of the situation.
Rich also noted in his letter that McIntyre had misused her county card in the past in violation of the county policy on credit card use. He concluded the letter saying, “It is my recommendation that the Treasurer’s credit card be cancelled.”
McIntyre and the commishes have been at odds for years over multiple issues.
HERE is the letter from Auditor/Clerk Rich.Letter to Commissioners
McIntyre’s response follows:
April 17, 2018
First off, I usually don’t sling mud over disagreements with other elected officials or government employees in the public arena. I don’t think that is the correct way in handling disputes over such matters. However, since there are certain media outlets distributing misleading facts and touting a false narrative, I find it necessary to clarify some issues.
This is, without a doubt, a smear campaign run by a gang of establishment republicans to deny a conservative candidate from entering office. How else would you explain why I am the only county official being investigated for an internal policy infraction.
In an Ada County Internal Audit report dated October 2017, there is indication that every department that has a County-issued credit card has not followed the Clerk/Commissioner’s policies on several occasions, including the Clerk’s office. The Clerk’s office even purchased a laptop outside of the County Policy of buying computer hardware/software through the County IT department. The purchase overstepped the Purchasing standard of needing Commissioner approval for a purchase over $1,000.
What is interesting is that no one has brought up the close political ties between the Clerk’s office and one of my opponents. Campaign signs on my opponents restaurants can be seen all over Boise. I just wonder who initiated this personal attack.
I am offended by these egregious accusations, especially in light that not a dime of taxpayer money was spent on personal items. In fact, on many occasions I share a room with other County Treasurers in order to save taxpayer funds, while at a conference.
I wish I could say that I expected more from the “good ole boys club”, but it’s just not true. This story is exactly why I am running for State Treasurer. I refuse to be the “go along to get along” establishment Rhino who wants everyone to play their game. I don’t play games, I save tax dollars….bottom line.
In terms of the specific conference and allegations, the exact details are below:
The Government Investment Officers Association conference is held annually in Las Vegas, the home of the association President and staff (FTN Mainstreet President Emeritus, Rick Philips, Ada County Board of County Commissioner’s Financial Advisor. Mr. Philips founded GIOA).
Annually, the organization has “fun” activities as part of the conference. This year the association offered Hockey tickets to the Golden Knights, a new NHL team that has recently been formed. (See below the email from GIOA.) They also offered participation in a “basketball bracket” game.
Since the offer for the hockey game originated with the association, I saw the participation as a related event of the association and therefore, used the County Credit card. When the Clerk deemed the game a personal activity, the expense was reimbursed by both the Chief Deputy Treasurer and the Treasurer.
Being at a conference without renting an automobile, I would expect transportation costs would be a part of the travel. The accused taxi expenses were not related to the hockey event, but to attend a vendor event that was not in the conference hotel. The conference hotel was not close to anything; however, we walked to the hockey game.
I have not, nor would I ever intentionally use county funds for personal use!
GIOA Email about the hockey game.
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