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Council terminates Autaugaville Water Works Director

AUTAUGAVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

The Autaugaville City Council took swift action and terminated longtime Autaugaville Water Works Director Danny Chavers at a meeting Wednesday night.

Mayor F. B. Ward admits the action stems from the recent nine-count indictment that alleges Chavers used his positions as Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Chief and head of the Autaugaville Water Works for personal gain. Ward called the whole situation "a mess."

Ward went on to say he left the council meeting and called Chavers asking for his resignation. Chavers allegedly refused. Ward says it was a difficult call to make, but the council had no other option. Chaver's attorney, Chip Cleveland, says Chavers was working out of town and was not aware the council was taking up the issue Wednesday. Chavers will receive his final check next week -- a monthly salary that adds up to approximately $2,100.

Despite the move to oust Chavers, Ward maintains he didn't take money from the Autaugaville Water Works or misuse cell phones as cited in the indictment. Chavers' former position won't be open for long.

According to Ward, ADEM allows seven days to hire a new director responsible for inspecting sewer systems. While he wouldn't divulge names, Ward says an offer has been extended to a potential employee.

Cleveland says he intends to make plans to sit down with Ward and city officials after Chavers returns from working out of state to cooperate and "figure out what's going on."

Cleveland is concerned how the indictments will impact the public perception of Chavers in the long run despite the outcome of the pending criminal trial.

Former fire officials Earnest Stoudemire and Mack Harmon are also defendants. The two have been indicted on charges of using their public positions for personal gain.

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