Job near home lures new solid waste director

Herald Staff Writer

David Flynn of Jasper was named Dubois County’s solid waste management director today.


The move, approved by both the Dubois County Solid Waste Management District Board and the Dubois County Commissioners, ends a monthlong search for a new director.

Flynn, 49, takes over a department that disposes of 250 tons of recylables, trash, old TVs, tires, paint and other solid waste each year.

He will be in charge of a $200,000 budget and oversee two full-time workers. Flynn served more than 20 years in the Marines, where he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Since 2006, he has worked as a short-term private security contractor in places including Iraq and Afghanistan

He said he was interested in the solid waste management position because he wants to work closer to home.

“I wanted to do something local that would help make a difference,” he said.

Flynn is expected to start work this week and will be paid $39,840 a year.

The search for a director began last month after Lee Kraft, who took over the department in February, died of a heart attack. Twenty-five people applied for the position.

Greg Kendall, head of the solid waste management board and president of the Dubois County Council, said Flynn’s leadership skills set him apart.

“I’m really excited about his credentials and what he’ll bring to this job,” Kendall said.

Larry Vollmer, president of the commissioners and a member of the solid waste management board, was impressed with Flynn’s professionalism, saying he was “one of the best qualified of the whole group that we interviewed.”

Flynn grew up in Loogootee and graduated from Indiana State University in 1986. He belongs to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Marine Corps League.
His wife, Jan, grew up in Ireland.

During the last month, the solid waste department’s hours were shortened. But now that a new director has been found, the processing center at 1103 S. 350W will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

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