Treasury Investigation Report Released

The highly anticipated investigation report on State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd was released late Tuesday afternoon. It came at the same time a new treasurer was sworn in. The 4-thousand page report led to charges of misconduct. Included in the report: Employees told investigators that Byrd and her Chief Deputy, Mary Brock tried to “…control the actions and opinions of…employees,'' during the investigation. Investigators received “calls from treasurer's office staff reporting that Byrd is retaliating against employees that have reported suspicious activities to the state patrol.'' The report also says “Employee after employee related stories of Treasurer Byrd verbally abusing her staff in the presence of other employees.'' Byrd earlier plead guilty to one charge of misconduct in office. The charge stemmed from 12 state checks she wrote then stashed in her vault before voiding. She has denied writing the checks to make it appear as if the money had been spent — thus sparing her office from legislative budget cuts.

Ron Ross is officially Nebraska's new State Treasurer. Ross was sworn in just past 5 Tuesday afternoon. Ross served five years as director of the State's Health and Human Services Department. He says he thinks operations in the Treasurer's office need to be tweaked. Ross has already fired Byrd's Chief Deputy Mary Brock. Today was her last day. Ross says about half a dozen people may also be fired.