COUNTY BOOSTS SECURITY IN TREASURER’S OFFICE, RECOVERS MISSING FUNDS FROM INSURANCE PROVIDER

COUNTY BOOSTS SECURITY IN TREASURER’S OFFICE, RECOVERS MISSING FUNDS FROM INSURANCE PROVIDER

Dona Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has improved security measures at the Treasurer’s Office in the wake of a May, 1998 incident in which $7,000 turned up missing from the office.
Although both internal and external investigations into the incident continue, Gutierrez said new security cameras have been installed in addition to already-established and stringent internal controls to deter future incidents from occurring.
The county’s insurance provider has repaid the entire $7,000 to the county in a lump sum. The check was dated July 1, 1998 and deposited into the county’s accounts immediately upon receipt in order to maximize interest revenue.
In the aftermath of the incident, Gutierrez and six of his employees successfully passed polygraph tests administered by the Las Cruces Police Department. Gutierrez’s remaining four employees all are willing to take polygraph tests as well, but scheduling problems within the Las Cruces Police Department have delayed the administration of those tests to date. Gutierrez said he is working with the LCPD to expedite those tests and complete the investigation so that he can provide a full report to the taxpayers as to what took place.