Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 6, 2013

Ex-water district manager sought

Christopher Stamper, 40, charged with embezzlement of Rattlesnake Ridge funds

CHNI News Service
The Independent

GRAYSON — An arrest warrant has been issued for the former manager of Rattlesnake Ridge Water District.

A Carter County grand jury indicted Christopher Stamper, 40, of Grayson, on Sept. 27 on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by a prison term of five to 10 years.

He allegedly took 29 checks totaling $29,239.93 from the water district, according to the indictment.

CNHI News learned in August that Stamper had been fired from the water district in the wake of financial irregularities.

He had been with the utility for 18 years when he was discharged on June 14.

Bill Gilbert, chairman of the district’s board of directors, later said Stamper was terminated for “misappropriation of funds.”

Board members gave assurances the matter had caused no interruption of services.

Rattlesnake Ridge 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 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.