Navajo Nation Controller Removed Due to Irregularities Involving CARES Act Funds
May 20, 2021
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Controller Pearline Kirk was removed on Wednesday, May 19, by the Navajo Nation Council due to irregularities concerning contracts between the Office of the Controller (OOC) and Agile Technologies found regarding unlawful Covid-19 testing on the Navajo Nation.
The Navajo Nation Council's removal of Kirk came after two days of deliberation totaling 12 hours of discussion. Kirk was appointed as controller in February 2017 by President Russell Begaye. As controller Kirk made $225,014 annually.
"With the American Rescue Plan Act Funds coming, we need to make sure we perform our due diligence in ensuring the people's money is spent in an ethical manner from the top to the bottom," Speaker Seth Damon said. "It is unfortunate that we have to make these hard decisions, but the people's safety is our number one priority."