Profile Issued For Solid Waste District Executive Director’s Job

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October 24, 2014 — Chris Nolte, Lakeshore Public Radio —  The Lake County Solid Waste Management District board of directors is looking across Indiana, and the country, for the district’s next Executive Director.

A recruitment profile’s being circulated to seek applicants for the job that, until early last month, was Jeff Langbehn’s.  The profile drafted by the district board’s outside legal counsel outlines the duties of the job, responsibilities and other usual information — but it also emphasizes what the board wants the most from its next Executive Director.  That includes developing or revising a county-wide solid waste management plan that also meets the state’s recycling targets and helping Lake County communities “beef up” their recycling programs.

The next Executive Director must have at least 10 years’ experience… either in the public or private sectors… of demonstrated success in working with board members and staffers, preparing budgets and working with government agencies as well as the media.  The board’s recruitment profile also lists personal attributes like “honest and trustworthy.”

The salary range for this job: between 65-thousand and 75-thousand dollars a year.  That’s much less than the 107-thousand dollar salary that Langbehn earned last year.

Barnes and Thornburg attorney Bill Moreau says applications are being accepted, by e-mail to him, until November 19th, the day before the solid waste district board’s next meeting.  The board’s planning to narrow down the applicant list to between 3 and 5 finalists, publicly interview those finalists and hire someone to begin work on January 1st.


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