Wilton Charley quits after being absolved by investigation

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FARMINGTON — Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials announced Monday that Wilton Charley has resigned as CEO.

In a statement released by the tribal enterprise, the NAPI Board of Directors accepted Charley's resignation on April 9.

"The NAPI Board of Directors wishes Mr. Charley all the best in his future endeavors and thanks him for his contributions to NAPI," the statement said.

The announcement came after board members placed Charley on paid administrative leave on Jan. 12 to conduct an internal investigation about complaints concerning his management of NAPI.

The board completed its investigation on March 30, according to NAPI. Charley was "absolved of any wrongdoing," the statement said.

According to the tribal enterprise, Charley submitted his resignation on April 7, and board members accepted the resignation during a special meeting on April 9.

Charley notified the board "he wanted to pursue other endeavors and formally submitted his resignation," the statement said.

Board Chairman Lorenzo J. Begay declined to comment further on Monday about Charley's resignation and about the board's investigation. Begay said the process to hire a new CEO will start this week.

Charley could not be reached for comment. He was named CEO on March 25, 2016, and his contract was extended by the board for two years on March 31, 2017.

The board appointed Darryl Multine to serve as acting CEO. Multine has been the chief financial officer for NAPI for more than five years.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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