Milltown manager faces misconduct charges
Milltown’s town manager was arrested last month on charges of official misconduct, stemming from irregularities surrounding early payment of a tree-cutting contractor.
Milltown Chief Marshal Ray Saylor, who headed the investigation, said Jim Pevlor, 38, of Milltown Nov. 22 turned himself in to the Crawford County Jail, where he was processed and released after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. Official misconduct in this instance is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-1/2 to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Saylor claims Pevlor hired Casey Carpenter of Milltown to cut down several trees at Milltown Cemetery late this past summer. The initial agreement between the two men called for Carpenter to fell the trees and for town employees to remove them. Carpenter was to be paid $1,850 for the job, Saylor said, adding that no formal contract was signed.
Saylor said that after Carpenter took down the majority of the trees, Pevlor asked him to cut down additional trees, with Carpenter to then be paid $2,950 for the entire job.
On Sept. 30, before the tree-cutting work was completed, Carpenter received a check for $2,950, which was issued by Milltown clerk-treasurer Linda Pevlor and delivered by Jim Pevlor. (Linda Pevlor is Jim Pevlor’s mother.)
Saylor said Pevlor and Carpenter allegedly went together to Community First Bank at Milltown that day, where Carpenter cashed the check. Carpenter, in a complaint filed Oct. 26 at the Milltown Police Dept., claimed that Pevlor insisted that for Carpenter to get his money, he would have to cash the check and give Pevlor $650. Saylor said it appears Pevlor coerced Carpenter into accepting less money and that Carpenter believed if he did not comply, he would not receive any of his money.
After Carpenter reported the incident to the MPD, Saylor launched an investigation, which was completed by mid-November and turned over to Crawford County Prosecutor Jim Montgomery.
‘There was a decision made to allow the investigation to go forward,’ Saylor said.
He said Montgomery reviewed the case, determined there was probable cause and sought and was granted a warrant for Pevlor’s arrest. Pevlor is being represented by Corydon attorney Gordon Ingle.
Saylor said Pevlor admitted receiving the $650, but contended that he planned to present Carpenter with the remaining money after the tree-cutting work was finished. He also offered to return the money; however, he admitted that it was not the actual currency he received Sept. 30.
‘From that point, it snowballed and the information came out,’ Saylor said. ‘It’s just one of those things where he made a bad decision.’
Saylor said Jim Pevlor has no previous criminal history and added that his investigation concluded that Linda Pevlor did not commit any crime, although she may have violated town policy by issuing payment for work that was incomplete.
Milltown Town Council President Curt Hudson said it appears Jim Pevlor and Carpenter have known each other for some time and he believed Carpenter had previously done contract work for the town.
Hudson said Friday that Pevlor, who has been town manager about a year and a half, is still employed by the town, but has been off duty with a work-related injury for about a month. Hudson added that Pevlor has been ordered to refrain from any official activity until the town’s Dec. 12 meeting and so far has complied with that request.
Hudson said he was present when Pevlor was interviewed by Saylor and agreed that Pevlor was forthcoming throughout the investigation.
‘Jim’s been really cooperative through the whole thing,’ he said. ‘He simply said what happened.’
Hudson said he expects that he and other council members Phil Stowers and Jason Dooley will address Pevlor’s future as town manager in an executive session prior to the Dec. 12 meeting, which Pevlor will be invited to attend. Personnel matters are traditionally handled during the closed executive session.
‘It’s really unfortunate,’ Hudson said. ‘He’s a good worker and cares about his job.’