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NAPI board suspends CEO amid investigation
Wilton Charley was named to position in March 2016
FARMINGTON — The board of directors for Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has suspended CEO Wilton Charley pending an internal investigation.
A statement the board issued today states the investigation was launched after board members received "alleged complaints" concerning the management of NAPI.
Rae DeGroat, spokeswoman for NAPI, said the board had no further comment.
The board statement said Charley "will return to his position upon the completion of the internal investigation."
Board members appointed Lionel Haskie, operation and maintenance manager, as acting CEO.
Charley was named CEO in March 2016, and his contract was extended by the board for two years on March 31, 2017.
In the April 2017 press release that announced the contract extension, Charley was commended for transitioning NAPI's focus from conventional farming to organic production.
Last year, NAPI developed an organic production site for potatoes, melons, squash and onions in the south region of the farm.
NAPI is an enterprise of the Navajo Nation and grows crops on approximately 72,000 acres of land south of Farmington.