Diboll police chief pleads guilty to theft

Kent Havard mugshot; Source: Angelina County Jail
Kent Havard mugshot; Source: Angelina County Jail

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) – Former Diboll Police Chief, Kent Havard, pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant, and was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication probation according to Angelina County's District Attorney, Clyde Herrington.

Under the terms of Havard's probation he must pay a $500 fine. He must also permanently surrender his peace officer license within 60 days. In addition, Havard owes the City of Diboll an estimated $5,100 in restitution.

Earlier this month, the former police chief resigned following an investigation. According to Herrington, city officials noticed some discrepancies in credit charges.

Herrington said Havard kept several reimbursement checks issued to the city. He also, made unauthorized credit card charges at Minute Maid park, and Walmart, and he admitted he took money from the police department's scholarship fund.

Herrington told KTRE, "I've known him for many years. Unfortunately, he had some personal financial difficulties that he handled in the wrong way. He took responsibility for his conduct, he admitted his wrong doing, and I'm grateful for him handling it in this manner."

Herrington also stated that Havard was very remorseful, and tremendously apologetic for his actions.

"He did a lot of good things for the community and I regret his career ended this way," said Herrington.

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