Paddock Pools License Temporarily Suspended By Arizona ROC
A well-known Valley pool company has been temporarily shut down. The Arizona Registrar of Contractors suspended Paddock Pools's license Friday. The agency has been receiving several complaints of abandoned pools.
The Registrar has ordered Paddock Pools to stop work immediately, citing health and safety concerns.
“This is dangerous," said Director of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors Jeff Fleetham. "These are holes in the ground. Swimming pools with water in them are dangerous. Swimming pools without water in them are even more dangerous. If someone falls in them they can’t swim out.”
The agency has received more than 30 complaints in just the past two months. Fleetham said those are a combination of customer’s complaints about abandoned pools and companies who claim they haven’t been paid by Paddock. Former employee Craig McClellan said this problem has been a long time coming.
“Robbing Peter to pay Paul," he said. "Basically what they do is start a new pool bill and take part of that money to finish the other pool that they couldn’t finish. But no matter how you look at it, they are always behind the eight-ball because they can’t get ahead.”
McClellan said he worked for the company for two years but left in 2012. After that the company refused to pay him, so he sued and won the commissions he earned while on the job.
“The word on the street [among] the guys that are in the pool industry is, if we lose a sale to Paddock it’s just a matter of time before the homeowner is going to have to have another company come and finish the pool,” he said.
Paddock Pools has since changed ownership and is now owned by NexGen Pools and Spas Inc.
Paddock has not responded to requests for comment. A hearing about the suspension is scheduled for June 19.