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Economic development director is fired

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Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

WALHALLA, N.D. — Kathy Stremick, longtime economic development director in Walhalla in northeast North Dakota, has been fired.

The Walhalla City Council voted last week to terminate Stremick’s employment and to turn over all documentation to the Pembina County state’s attorney’s office, according to minutes of the meeting.

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The firing resulted from an investigation into more than $4,200 in lodging and mileage expense reimbursements between November 2007 and April 2014, according to City Attorney Larry Dubois.

He said records indicate that lodging and mileage expenses may have been paid both by the state and the city.

“I can’t say if it’s a crime,” he said. “It was the City Council’s decision to refer the matter to the state’s attorney’s office.”

Stremick had been suspended without pay July 29 at a special City Council meeting.

Pembina County State’s Attorney Stephenie Davis said Monday she could not comment on the case.

Calls to Stremick’s residence went unanswered Monday.

Stremick, who lives in Walhalla, had been the city’s economic development director for more than 25 years.

In 2008, she ran unsuccessfully for a state District 10 House of Representatives seat, losing by 21 votes to Republican Chuck Damschen, Hampden.

Stremick is from New England, N.D., and graduated from Dickinson State University, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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