Holley-Navarre Water System fires CEO Dallas Peavey

The Holley-Navarre Water System board has fired the utility’s chief executive, Dallas Peavey.

The water department previously announced it was investigating Peavey after residents of the Navarre community spent weeks raising alarms about Peavey’s background, culminating in the Navarre citizens’ group going public, Preserve Navarre, of documents listing the alleged criminal charges against Peavey.

A press release from HNWS issued Thursday afternoon said the board “met in special session to hear the report of an independent third-party investigator hired to follow up on reports regarding the involvement of its chief executive, Dallas Monroe Peavey, Junior.”

The system’s posting continues: “The independent third-party investigator’s report confirmed that the criminal charges for theft in Texas were dismissed, but the report contradicts the explanation given by Dr. Peavey regarding the underlying facts that led to the three counts indictment in case CR-36 616. Based on this information, the Board voted unanimously to fire Dr. Peavey.

The News Journal reached out to board chairman Joe Campbell after the system’s press release, but declined to comment on the decision to terminate Peavey beyond what was stated in the press release. .

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In the new version, Campbell was identified as the “acting CEO”.

He told the News Journal that HNWS will use standard business practice to hire the next CEO, but the specific process has yet to be determined.

What were the charges against Peavey?

According to documents from the Midland County, Texas court system independently verified by the News Journal, a judgment was filed in 2010 against Peavey. The indictment includes three counts of theft. He pleaded guilty to all charges and was placed under supervision for five years.

Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf, who was the attorney representing the state in the case, told the News Journal the charges relate to Peavey’s time working for a subdivision of the oil and energy company. Ortloff Engineers.

Nodolf said Peavey falsified travel expenses and invoices. Peavey was forced to pay Ortloff $22,345 in restitution.

Although Peavey pleaded guilty, he received a deferred guilty verdict.

Deferred adjudication is a special form of judge-ordered community supervision that allows a defendant to accept responsibility for a crime without an actual conviction on the record, according to the Texas Office of Court Administration.

An order to dismiss the actions was filed in 2014 because Peavey had paid his restitution and probation costs in full.

HNWS is a non-profit, member-owned water company. According to the system’s website, it serves more than 14,000 customers. The company has more than $72 million in liabilities and contributed and owned capital, according to the system’s December financial statements.

Peavey was hired by HNWS in late 2020 after 10 months of searching for a new CEO. The system has a board of directors of seven members, who are elected by the members of the system. The board hires and fires the CEO.

Last Friday, HNWS issued a press release acknowledging the controversy surrounding Peavey and the Texas criminal case. The statement said the board was aware of the situation and added that at the time of hiring, a background check on Peavey revealed no convictions.

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