City’s finance director resigned, effective immediately


Last Updated on June 28, 2016 – 8:54 PM CDT

Four days after the city of Dumas fired Code Enforcement Officer Holly LaFever, the city’s finance director resigned. LaFever was fired June 20, and finance director Dottie Crockett resigned June 24.

“I turned in my resignation Tuesday, and it was effective immediately,” Crockett said. “I have no further comment.”

City officials also declined to comment, saying it’s a personnel issue.

LaFever was fired after an internal audit supported by a forensic audit performed by a Lubbock firm showed LaFever misappropriated funds from health inspection fees. City Manager Arbie Taylor said law enforcement will determine if criminal activity occurred.

During the Journal’s meeting with Taylor and city attorney Jerrod Pingelton on June 20, Pingelton praised Crockett’s work on the internal audit.

“We were charged significantly less because the finance director compiled a great deal of the information the auditor’s needed,” Pingelton said. “We were able to save them a lot of time, which saved the city a lot of money.”