Recycling district hires new director
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.