Lake County Solid Waste Director Hiring Update

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December 11, 2014 — Chris Nolte, Lakeshore Public Radio

The list of candidates for executive director of the Lake County Solid Waste Management District has been narrowed down to three, but the successful candidate won’t likely be chosen until January 2015.

District board of directors chairman David Hamm says their consulting attorney Bill Moreau told him this week of the three finalists, all good candidates.  But Hamm also says there will likely be five or six new board members named in January, and since they’ll be working with the new executive director — they should be involved in the hiring process.

That moves the original timetable for having Jeff Langbehn’s successor hired this month and on the job in January pushed back at least one month.  In the meantime, Jeanette Romano remains the interim executive director.

The board’s search committee, chaired by Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub, conducted initial interviews in mid-November.

The next Executive Director must have at least 10 years’ experience, either in the public or private sectors, to develop or revise a county-wide solid waste management plan that also meets the state’s recycling targets and help Lake County communities “beef up” their recycling programs.

The advertised salary range for this job is between $65,000 and $75,000 a year, much less than former Executive Director Langbehn’s 2013 salary.


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