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City Treasurer Plans Resignation

POSTED May 8, 2012 9:30 p.m.

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

Oakdale Finance Director Albert Avila confirmed Murray sent an email to City Attorney Tom Hallinan on Tuesday morning inquiring on the process to resign effective immediately.

According to Avila, who also received a copy of the email, Murray made the comment that after Monday’s City Council meeting, he wanted nothing to do with the city and its finances.

The City of Oakdale’s financial mismanagement has been the focus of much scrutiny after it was discovered that bond money was depleted. There were shortfalls in the sewer fund, and the city’s financial report was withheld due to errors.

When contacted, Murray said he hasn’t submitted any of the paperwork for his resignation but planned on it later Tuesday or Wednesday.

Murray indicated he was not pleased with being given 17 months of late Treasurer Reports for him to sign on May 2. He said he refused to sign the reports given the circumstances because they went back so long.

Murray declined further comment including whether or not he still plans on vying for the vacant council seat and directed questions about the late treasurer’s reports to Avila and Interim City Manager Greg Wellman.

Avila confirmed that Murray was given late reports earlier this month and would not sign them.

Wellman also confirmed that he heard of Murray’s intent to resign and that he was not going to sign the late reports.

Wellman said he could think of no logical reason for the reports to have been given to Murray so late to sign.

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