En­vi­ron­ment agency deputy direc­tor re­signs, is re­placed

Gor­don, a former pol­icy ad­viser in Gov. Asa Hutchin­son’s of­fice, had held the po­si­tion since July 11, 2016.

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

One of Arkansas’ top en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cers has re­signed.

Deputy Direc­tor Tori Gor­don’s last day with the Arkansas Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity was Sat­ur­day, ac­cord­ing to her res­ig­na­tion let­ter sub­mit­ted ear­lier in the sum­mer. Gor­don over­saw the of­fice of land re­sources.

Gor­don, a former pol­icy ad­viser in Gov. Asa Hutchin­son’s of­fice, had held the po­si­tion since July 11, 2016. She earned $96,959.82 in an­nual salary.

Gor­don will be re­placed by Kevin White, whom the depart­ment hired in Novem­ber to over­see en­ter­prise ser­vices. That of­fice works with busi­nesses to com­ply with reg­u­la­tions or re­duce emis­sions and other waste. He will be paid the same an­nual salary as Gor­don.

White, 52, is a former pas­tor who is work­ing to­ward a master’s de­gree in pub­lic health from the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fort Smith. He has a Master of Divin­ity de­gree from the New Or­leans Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary and a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Mis­sis­sippi Col­lege. White was a pas­tor for eight years be­fore join­ing the depart­ment.

The of­fice of land re­sources is one of three main en­vi­ron­men­tal arms of the depart­ment, over­see­ing solid waste, haz­ardous waste, other reg­u­lated wastes, min­ing and pe­tro­leum stor­age tanks.

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