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Kanawha Solid Waste Authority looking for new director

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Officials for the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority are in the market for a new director.

Jeannie Gunter, appointed executive director of the Authority after former director Norm Steenstra announced his resignation last summer, said she is stepping down to run the Authority's business office.

"I'm not interested in the position of executive director," Gunter said. "I want to continue as business manager, as I did before."

The Solid Waste Authority, which runs the Slack Street Recycling Center in Charleston, has been in dire straits since March 2012, after the Authority voted to shut Slack Street down because of health and safety concerns in the 100-year-old building where recycling was processed. Slack Street later reopened as a drop-off point, but the Authority has been spending tens of thousands of dollars a month to ship recyclables to Beckley.

Steenstra resigned during the debate over what to do to salvage the county's recycling program. Solid Waste officials appear to have solved the problem by entering into a private/public partnership with West Virginia Recycling Inc., a private company that took over the operations at Slack Street earlier this month.

Under the deal, West Virginia Recycling will collect, sort and sell recyclable materials, while the role of the Solid Waste Authority will be primarily promotional and educational.

West Virginia Recycling hired three of the Authority's six employees, with the possibility of hiring the others later. Gunter will remain an employee of the Authority.

Gunter said the Authority will post ads in local newspapers seeking a new executive director beginning Sunday. The position require's a bachelor's degree.

Those interested in the position can call the Authority at 304-342-4477.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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