Solid Waste District in search of new director

Solid Waste District Manager Deborah Barton submitted her resignation to the district board on Oct. 18. Over her three-year tenure, Barton led the district in improving performance standards at the two district landfills, the Community Recycling Center, and administratively. “She brought a new level of meticulousness to compliance with state and federal regulations, safety, and inventory tracking,” said a press release from the district.

The statement read, “An experienced and enthusiastic educator, she is a national faculty instructor for the Solid Waste Association of North America at regional trainings. She encouraged district employees in their professional advancement, supporting their development of skills and credentials in the waste-management profession. She is a founding member of the Four Corners Recycling Initiative. She serves as the safety ambassador for the Utah Chapter of SWANA. For her leadership at the district, she received the Utah Association of Special Districts’ 2017 Distinguished Manager Award. Barton is a strong supporter of waste reduction and diversion. Over the last few years, recycling has faced significant and ongoing challenges nationwide. During this time Barton worked to maintain a high level of service, and the economic viability of the Community Recycling Center, even as the volume of materials and popularity of recycling grew locally. She also initiated a composting trial program for yard waste, which the district hopes to expand in coming years.”

Kalen Jones, district board member and Moab City Council representative said, “I will miss her, not least for the thorough and engaging presentations she made to city council on a regular basis. Her reporting set a high bar for communication between interdependent local governmental entities, as well as making my job of keeping the council informed on district matters easier.”

Pam Hackley, district board member representing the Town of Castle Valley, said, “With Debby’s breadth and depth of experience, she brought the district and our whole community a fresh look at ‘garbage’ and how our waste stream works. Key to her efforts was conclusively showing the impacts of our tourist economy on the landfills and recycle center. I wish her the best on her new endeavors.”

Annette Meyers, the district administrative assistant, is serving as the interim district manager during this transition period. The district is accepting applications for the manager position through Nov. 16. Solid Waste Special Service District No. 1 is a government entity that operates the Moab and Klondike landfills and the Community Recycling Center, serving Grand County and the south end of Spanish Valley.