Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

August 9, 2013

Water district manager fired


Aug. 9, 2013 —        The Journal-Times learned Friday that the manager of Rattlesnake Ridge Water District was fired six weeks ago in the wake of financial irregularities.

       Chris Stamper had been with the utility for 18 years when he was “discharged” in late June, according to Bernie McDaniel, a member of the district’s board of directors.

       McDaniel acknowledged that the termination was related to “finances.”

       Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon Ison confirmed later Friday that Stamper was the subject of a criminal investigation but he declined further comment.

       It was learned that a Carter County grand jury returned several indictments Friday but no details were available.

       Rattlesnake Ridge Water District is the largest drinking water provider in Carter County.

       It purifies water from Grayson Lake for nearly 4,100 customers in Carter, Elliott, Morgan and Lawrence counties.

       The agency completed a $6 million expansion project earlier this year to raise its production capacity from 1.6 million gallons to 2.4 million gallons per day.

       Organized in 1985, the water district has more than 700 miles of water lines, 10 pump stations and 11 storage tanks.