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Dave Nigh, Buckeye Water Resources Director placed on paid administrative leave

The city is currently sorting through several dozen resident complaints of water bill spikes.

One as high as $441,000.

David Nigh. (Source KPHOKTVK)


A representative for the City of Buckeye sent the following statement: On December 8, 2016, City of Buckeye Water Resources Director Dave Nigh was placed on paid administrative leave. Water Resources Manager Mark Seamans will be handling the responsibilities of director while Mr. Nigh is on leave. This is a personnel matter and the city will not have any additional comment. Some Buckeye residents have petitioned for the mayor’s recall. They say someone should be held responsible for the unexplained spikes.

Dozens of Buckeye residents started noticing huge increases in their water bills back in October.

“I don’t know how water bills can double, triple, with no explanation at all,” said Mary Wcisel, a Buckeye resident.

The City of Buckeye says it has credited back a handful of customers a total of more than $13,000.

The man in charge of water services for a city which has seen growing complaints about abnormally high water bills has been placed on administrative leave.

Nigh’s department has come under scrutiny after residents started receiving water bills hundreds or even thousands of dollars higher than normal.

Residents have expressed their frustration at city council meetings, and a petition has started circulating calling for the ouster of Mayor Jackie Meck.

In response, city leaders recently voted to lower water rates for high-volume users. City staff have also taken reports of out-of-the-ordinary water bills and started issuing refunds. As of November 30, a city hotline to address the problem had received 145 calls, of which 72 cases had been closed.

Water Resources Manager Mark Seamans will handle Nigh’s duties while he is on leave, according to the city.

The city declined further comment, saying the decision is a personnel matter.


Source: Buckeye Water Resources Director Dave Nigh placed on paid administrative leave – ABC15 Arizona.

Source: City of Buckeye places its water resources director on administrative leave-www.azfamily.com