Interim CEO at NAPI placed on leave

Lionel Haskie's management of tribal operation probed

The Daily Times staff
Navajo Agricultural Products Industry interim CEO Lionel Haskie has been placed on administrative leave.

FARMINGTON — The interim CEO for Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into allegations regarding management of NAPI.

The board of directors for NAPI placed Lionel Haskie on paid administrative leave on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the tribal enterprise.

Haskie serves as the operation and maintenance manager for the 72,000-acre farming operation located south of Farmington.

NAPI management did not respond to questions about the investigation and about Haskie's service as acting CEO.

Board members appointed Darryl Multine, chief financial officer for NAPI, to serve as interim CEO and the board continues its process to select a new CEO, according to the statement.

Former CEO Wilton Charley resigned in April after spending three months on paid administrative leave while the board conducted an internal investigation about complaints concerning his handling of NAPI.