Following a management shakeup and a reorganization only months ago, the Leavenworth County Commission Tuesday praised the new leadership for the county’s solid waste department.
Following a management shakeup and a reorganization only months ago, the Leavenworth County Commission Tuesday praised the new leadership for the county’s solid waste department. In July, the commission accepted the resignation of its former solid waste director Mark Wilson, who had served as the head of that department since 2009. The solid waste department is charged primarily with the management of the county’s Transfer Station on Gilman Road in Lansing. To that end, the commission in July approved a reorganization of the department, putting solid waste as a whole under the umbrella of public works and naming Tammy Saldivar the interim operations supervisor of the Transfer Station. The transition, according to Public Works Director Mike Spickelmier, seems to have worked. A recent inspection of the factility by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, indicated that there were no deficiencies. Spickelmier gave credit to Saldivar’s leadership and her crew. “She’s doing a great job,” Spickelmier said. “She’s really stepped up in the interim and is moving forward.” The inspection did yield several items within the transfer station that needed improvement, though Spickelmier said there were no citations issued. “That’s our goal every time, no citations,” he said. Saldivar added that many of the items that needed improvement were easily correctible. “Most of those were taken care of before (the inspector) left the lot,” she said.