Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

August 14, 2013

Water district manager fired


Aug. 14, 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” June 14.

Bill Gilbert, chair of the district's Board of Directors, said Tuesday that Stamper was terminated for “misappropriation of funds.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon Ison confirmed 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.

Although board members assured the Journal-Times that the matter had caused no interruption of services, they could not provide a dollar amount on the funds involved.

Gilbert said the case was still under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

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.