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Community Comment # 3 // March 2, 2017

Clayton Evans of Anaconda writes:

The Department of Criminal Investigation is never short-staffed when they want to screw someone over!

Reply by Scoop Trooley:

I bet if they actually investigated, they would catch a lot more crooks than just the former CEO, which must be the real reason there is no investigation happening. Can you imagine if half the courthouse staff got arrested for tampering with public information, including County Attorney Ben Krakowka himself? That would require EXTRA staff members at the Department of Criminal Investigation.

Community Comment # 2 // February 28, 2017

Mark, a former resident of Anaconda, writes:

Can you shed any light on this nugget from the County Commission meeting minutes for Feb. 14, 2017:

Previous CEO Allegations:
“County Attorney Krakowka informed the Commission that the allegations regarding the previous CEO were turned over to the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General turned over the information to the Department of Criminal Investigation. The Department has been short-staffed recently. Upon its review, the Department of Criminal Investigation declined further investigation into the allegations against the previous CEO due to being short-staffed.”

What were these allegations? Do you know?

Reply by Scoop Trooley:

Howdy Mark, it looks like other folks might have the same questions about this issue, judging from another comment posted below. I have limited information about this, and this is strictly hearsay at this point, but from what I gather, former CEO Connie Ternes-Daniels had an outside computer specialist come in to her government office, on her last day in office before Bill Everett took over as CEO.

Connie allegedly had this computer specialist completely wipe her government computer CLEAN… she allegedly left no programs, no data, NOTHING on her government computer for the newly elected CEO to see. She allegedly cleaned all the paperwork out of her office, too. There was allegedly not one page of a paper document or any computer data left in her office when the new CEO Bill Everett was sworn in.

Connie was also allegedly caught on the courthouse cameras loading boxes of government documents into her car, and she allegedly took them to be illegally SHREDDED in Butte. Connie was allegedly photographed IN BUTTE, unloading the same boxes out of her car at “Pro Shredders”, and taking the boxes in and leaving without the boxes.
I cannot confirm any of this, but if the Montana Standard editor is telling people that there is no merit to these allegations; that seems not exactly true. It sounds like the allegations were NOT investigated. If no wrongdoing was found, it was simply because nobody investigated. It sounds like these allegations do have merit but that state authorities are too lazy to deal with the allegations, and it sounds like the new CEO Everett doesn’t have enough cojones to press the issue! Just my two cents on this subject…

Community Comment # 1 // February 27, 2017

Clayton Evans of Anaconda says:

Just wondering if it is true that Connie Daniels wiped some info off her computer with the help of a W.E.T. employee. The Montana Standard Editor told me it was looked into with no wrongdoing found. It is such a strong rumor in this town, you would think if it was, or if it wasn’t that The Montana Standard would put it to rest. Trying to destroy any public records is a crime, although here in Anaconda, the type of CRIME that never gets prosecuted, along with any misconduct of office, no grand juries on missing people (Helen Gracia) or people last seen with her in a vehicle, when a local bar closed up for the night.