Marie Keeton was sworn in this week as the Ravalli County Treasurer, ending a tumultuous episode in the office. Newly elected treasurer Marie Hudson-Smith resigned last month following criticism of her performance and Ravalli County Commissioners advertised the position and last week picked Keeton, who was most recently chief deputy treasurer in the office. Other applicants who were interviewed were attorney Max Boese, Valerie Stamey of Victor and former treasurer JoAnne Johnson.
Keeton had been filling in for Hudson-Smith during much of March and assumed her Treasurer's duties Monday.