By Becky Killian / Managing Editor
The Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency board agreed Tuesday to place the agency’s long-time director on unpaid administrative leave.
Peggy Capps, who has led the agency for more than 20 years, was placed on paid administrative leave in early July.
The agency’s board was set to discuss Capps and her position during a board meeting in Pineville on Tuesday; however, Capps, through her attorney, had asked that the proceedings be continued since her attorney could not be present. Bell County Judge/Executive Albey Brock, who is the agency’s board chairman, said the board agreed to the request on the condition that Capps’ administrative leave be changed to unpaid.
The status change on Capps’ leave is effective immediately.
A follow-up date has yet to be set.
Capps was placed on administrative leave after an agreement was struck between the agency’s board and Capps’ attorney.
Brock couldn’t comment on what led to the action.
The agency’s interim director, Craig Brock, has assumed the post of interim director until the issue with Capps position is resolved, Brock said.
The Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency administers programs that assist the needy by providing weatherization, head start programs and housing.
Brock emphasized the agency, which is led by a 24-member board with representatives from both Bell and Whitley counties, serves a “tremendous” need and that board members want to maintain the agency’s integrity.
By Becky Killian / Managing Editor
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