Poudre School District hires Victoria Thompson as new HR director; replacement for Chuck DeWayne

DeWayne was connected to Organo Gold

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Poudre School District in Fort Collins has hired a new executive director of human resources to replace the administrator fired following a long suspension and a series of 7NEWS investigations into his side business.

PSD spokeswoman Danielle Clark confirms the district has hired Victoria Thompson to serve as the new Executive Director of HR. Thompson currently serves as the Director of Human Resources at the Thompson School District in Loveland where she has worked for seven years. 

PSD said in a statement released on Wednesday that Thompson will start in July, pending official approval from the school board.

The district said Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser made the decision to hire Thompson after, "a comprehensive process which included interviews with three different committees including staff, administrators and parents as well as an individual interview with Dr. Smyser."

Thompson replaces interim executive director of human resources Doug Hartman, who filled the role after Chuck DeWayne was placed on paid-administrative leave in Dec. 2013. The school board voted unanimously to terminate DeWayne's employment in February. That decision followed a series of 7NEWS investigations into DeWayne's involvement with Organo Gold, a multi-level coffee and tea direct sales business.

Taxpayers paid DeWayne's annual salary of $141,820, according to school district records.

7NEWS first exposed DeWayne's Organo Gold business plan, sent from his district email account, outlining his plans to leverage his position within the school district to personally profit.

7NEWS also spoke with a school district employee about Organo Gold. She came forward after our initial 7NEWS investigation.  The district employee claimed she was pressured by a different administrator to buy in to Organo Gold during an off-campus pitch her supervisor invited her to.

DeWayne sued the district in March, saying he was not fired for cause. He claims the district had a duty to compensate him through his contract date of July 31, 2014 and is also seeking damages in an amount to be determined at trial.

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