Idaho City works with auditors to address accounting ‘shortcomings’

Idaho City Mayor Phil Canody said he can’t talk about the investigation into alleged embezzlement by a former city clerk. But he did want to assure the public that the city is working with auditors to prevent theft.

Tammy Ellsworth, who worked for the city for 14 years, was charged in late September with eight felony counts of misuse of public funds. She’s scheduled to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24 in Boise County Court.

“Idaho City has been working very closely with our auditors to address shortcomings in our accounting procedures that have been identified,” Canody said.

Auditors made recommendations for improving cash handling and division of duties, and the city has implemented revised policies for office procedures, Canody said.

Ellsworth was suspended and then resigned earlier this year, amid an investigation by Idaho State Police.

Canody said he recommended Deputy Clerk Nancy Ling to serve as city clerk. The city council approved her with an unanimous vote.

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