Poudre School District hires interim HR director to replace suspended executive Chuck DeWayne

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Poudre School District has hired an interim executive director of human resources to replace the administrator suspended following a series of 7NEWS Investigations.

Superintendent Sandra Smyser announced the hiring of Doug Hartman in an internal email obtained by 7NEWS Friday morning and confirmed by spokeswoman Danielle Clark.

Hartman fills a void left by the suspension of Chuck DeWayne. Although the district never confirmed why DeWayne was placed on paid administrative leave over a month ago, the decision followed our investigative reports exposing DeWayne's plans to leverage his position within the district to personally profit through a direct-sales coffee and tea business.

DeWayne is a recognized member of the organization called Organo Gold. Emails obtained through open records requests revealed a road map for how DeWayne planned to influence student curriculum, fundraising, teacher re-licensure and training while recruiting school district staff for a money making venture.

In her email, Smyser said Hartman would begin work on Jan. 15. His background includes 11 years  in the human tesources department for Douglas County, where he retired as Chief HR Officer. Smyser also wrote that he spent 28 years in education as a teacher, principal and union leader.

"I know his experience and skills will be an asset while he is here," Smyser wrote.

Following the initial posting of this update, the district confirmed that DeWayne remains on paid administrative leave.

Taxpayers pay DeWayne an annual salary of $141,820, according to school district records.