Re­cy­cling dis­trict hires new di­rec­tor

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - EMILY WALKENHORST

The Re­gional Re­cy­cling and Waste Re­duc­tion Dis­trict has hired Craig Dou­glass as its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Dou­glass, who has worked in mar­ket­ing and political ini­tia­tives and cam­paigns for most of his ca­reer, was hired at the end of May and started re­ceiv­ing pay­checks in June as he tran­si­tioned into the po­si­tion be­fore tak­ing over full time on Satur­day.

Dou­glass, 65, will earn $100,000 an­nu­ally. His pre­de­ces­sor, John Roberts, earned $125,731.20. Roberts, 74, held the po­si­tion for 16 years and an­nounced his re­tire­ment in March.

Dou­glass was of­fered the job from a 20-per­son ap­pli­cant pool that in­cluded cur­rent Deputy Di­rec­tor Carol Be­vis and cur­rent Comp­trol­ler and Hu­man Re­sources Di­rec­tor Desi Led­bet­ter.

The dis­trict is one of 18 solid-waste districts in Arkansas, largely funded by the Arkansas Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity. It serves only Pu­laski County but is a part of a multi-county tire dis­trict.

Dou­glass joins the dis­trict at the same time as Howard Gur­ley, who re­places Stacy Ford as the dis­trict’s waste tire re­cy­cling pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor. Gur­ley earns $32,500 an­nu­ally.

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