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AP: Dubuque County Treasurer Involved in Possible Ethics Law Violation

The Dubuque County Treasurer is one of two Iowa county officials who may have violated state ethics laws. An investigation by the Associated Press found that Dubuque County Treasurer Eric Stierman recently vacationed with a businessman whose company supplies the website most counties use to collect taxes. Stierman and Winneshiek County Treasurer Wayne Walter are accused of staying at the man’s Florida beach property for free, which would be a violation of state ethics law. Public employees in Iowa are barred from accepting anything worth more than $3 from vendors. In November, Stierman and Walter flew to Florida and met with Marc Carr, the CEO of GovTech Services. The three spent part of their vacation at Stierman’s brother-in-law’s home, and the rest at Carr’s condo in the resort town of St. Pete Beach. Stierman has denied any wrongdoing.

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