Utility Executive Charged

Two former officials at an East Tennessee utility district are facing theft charges.

Del Ray Roberts, who is the former general manager of the Powell-Clinch Utility District, was indicted on charges of theft and fraudulent use of a district credit card, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel, which cited court records made public last week (http://bit.ly/sLVca4).

Earlier this month, former interim president and district general manager Richard McIntosh was indicted on a theft charge with authorities saying he took more than $1,000 in services from the district.

The district’s current chief, Rob Neil, says Roberts was let go nearly two years ago after board members became aware of the allegations. In May 2010, McIntosh was appointed as interim head. In February, the district appointed Neil to the role.