Waste manager resigns; board seeks replacement

Herald Staff Writer

David Flynn, Dubois County’s solid waste manager, has resigned to take a position overseas, creating another shift in power at a department that has now lost three directors in the last year.

Longtime employee Bill Pennington has been named the department’s interim director. Officials will meet next week to discuss hiring a replacement.

Pennington, who has been with the department for 14 years, said he has no interest in taking over the position permanently. There is too much responsibility, he said, and “I’m more satisfied with what I’m doing now.”

Flynn abruptly quit last week. He served in the Marines for more than 20 years and also has worked as a security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pennington said Flynn left to take a similar position in Somalia.

“He couldn’t turn it down,” Pennington said.  

Flynn took over the top spot last summer after former director Lee Kraft, 56, died of a heart attack. Kraft replaced Toni Lubbers, who resigned in February 2013 to care for her ailing mother.

Greg Kendall, head of the solid waste management board and president of the Dubois County Council, said officials would like to hire someone from the last pool of candidates. About 25 people applied for the position last summer.

The solid waste management board will meet at 7 a.m. Wednesday in the commissioners room of the Dubois County Courthouse Annex. Kendall said he hopes a replacement is found by then.

Whoever is picked will lead a department that disposes of 250 tons of old TVs, tires, paint and other solid waste each year. The director is in charge of a $200,000 budget and oversees two full-time workers. The starting pay is about $40,000 a year.

Larry Vollmer, a county commissioner who also serves on the solid waste management board, was surprised to hear Flynn had resigned.

“Hopefully, we’ll find someone pretty quick,” he said.

Kendall hopes the next solid waste manager will stick around for a while.

“Everybody we hired has been really good,” Kendall said. “Unfortunately, the circumstances don’t always work out the way you want them to.”

Until a new director is found, residents are asked to schedule an appointment before dropping off items at the processing center at 1103 S. 350W. It is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, and the phone number is 481-7040.

Contact Tony Raap at traap@dcherald.com.

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