FORMER PEDERNALES COOP CHIEF GETS $1.1-MIL. AWARD

John Hewa

The former chief executive of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative has been awarded about $1.1 million to resign his post after previously accusing board members of inappropriate conduct.

The Austin American-Statesman reports John Hewa was awarded the payout in May.

Hewa had accused board members of retaliating against employees who spoke out against perceived racism at the utility, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

Hewa, appointed CEO in 2013, had an employment agreement that didn't entitle him to separation pay if he resigned voluntarily.

Claims of racial insensitivity have persisted for months after a board member wrote on social media it was "time for a tree and a rope" when an African-American man was arrested in the killing of a San Antonio police officer.