Re-do of Geauga Trumbull waste district director search produces 24 applicants

Staff report


The do-over to hire a new executive director of the Geauga Trumbull Solid Waste Management District has produced 24 candidates, nine more than applied the first time.

The application deadline to apply was Friday.

Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka, a member of the search committee, sought the do-over, saying he was not notified when the committee began its work, causing him to miss the meetings.

The district’s attorney said he sent Polivka’s notice to the county commissioners’ office.

Polivka also argued someone with at least seven years of experience in waste management should be considered despite not having a bachelor’s degree.

That describes Terry Nicopolis, the former director of Warren’s Environmental Services Department, who applied but was not eligible initially because he has no bachelor’s degree. The 14 other applicants who originally applied all had at least a bachelor’s degree.

After Polivka’s comments, the district changed the qualifications to require a “bachelor’s degree and/or seven-plus years of experience in the solid-waste industry or environmental industry.”

The director will earn $68,000 to $75,000 annually. The district uses landfill fees to educate the public and run environmental programs, such as recycling centers.

The list of candidates includes one of the people who works for the district, L. Holly Carine, plus Nicopolis and Alan Knapp, former Trumbull County Planning Director.

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