Former Diboll Police Chief Admits Stealing City Money
Former Diboll Police Chief Kent Havard says it's true. He is guilty of stealing city funds. Havard has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to three years probation.
Havard will also pay a $500 fine and full restitution to the city, totaling about $5,000, and surrender his peace officer commission for life. That means he can never work in law enforcement again.
Havard resigned from the Diboll Police Department on March 2, after learning he was under investigation for misuse of city credit cards and taking checks that belonged to the city.
Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington praised Havard for coming forward and accepting full responsibility for what he did. Herrington says he's grateful to Havard for not putting the law enforcement community through anymore turmoil.
Retired Texas Ranger Donald Morris has been appointed interim Police Chief until a replacement for Havard can be found.