Finalist Bows Out of Lake County Solid Waste Executive Race

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January 15, 2015 —  By Chris Nolte, Lakeshore Public Radio

One of the three finalists for Lake County Solid Waste Management District executive director took himself out of the running, so the district board will decide tonight (Thursday) between the two remaining finalists — or if they want to resume the search for someone to fill the post held by Jeff Langbehn.

John Minear, who’s worked in both the public and private sectors managing solid waste issues for the past 22 years. notified search subcommittee members yesterday that he was withdrawing his name from consideration.  He told consulting attorney Bill Moreau in an e-mail that he was stepping aside “after careful consideration and consultation with my wife and professional advisors.”  He also said he turned down another job offer in Ohio. Minear currently works in Buckeye, Arizona.

Still under consideration are the district’s attorney Cliff Duggan and Larry Barker, who runs the Bloomington-based Monroe County Solid Waste Management District.

Barker’s been the executive director there for the past seven years and had extensive experience in solid waste issues.  He is also the current president of the Indiana Association of Solid Waste Management District Executives.

Duggan has been the local waste district’s attorney for about two decades and was a friend and adviser of former Executive Director Jeff Langbehn.   But Duggan told the board that he played no role in any policy decisions while Langbehn was in charge… and he has the experience to continue on as both executive director and the district’s attorney within the director’s salary range of between $65,000 and $75,000 a year.

The solid waste district board’s executive search subcommittee selected the three finalists from a list of more than a dozen applicants.


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