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National search planned to fill public works post


Carroll County Public Works Director Keith R. Kirschnick said he will do a national search for a deputy public works director and hopes to hire someone by the end of next month.

The new employee initially will be responsible for overseeing county landfills -- an area that Mr. Kirschnick said requires more time than he has been able to give it.

"I really need help in solid waste right now," he said.

The county commissioners said in March that one of the reasons they decided to hire an assistant for Mr. Kirschnick was the arrests in November of three landfill workers charged with stealing recyclable metals.

A trial for the three workers -- who were fired after their arrests -- is scheduled Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 in Carroll Circuit Court. The employees had worked at Hoods Mill Landfill.

When Mr. Kirschnick was promoted to department director from deputy director several years ago, the deputy's position was not filled.

In addition to landfill operations, the deputy director also will be responsible for overseeing the Bureau of Utilities.

But landfill operations will consume much of the deputy's time at first because of recent changes at county landfills, Mr. Kirschnick said. The county closed Hoods Mill Landfill in South Carroll to commercial haulers yesterday and will begin the process of capping it.

Operations at Northern Landfill in Reese, now the county's only operating landfill, will be expanded, Mr. Kirschnick said. The county plans to install a second set of scales, relocate the recycling center and change how scrap metal is stored.

The three employees arrested last year were charged with stealing scrap metal from the landfill and selling it to a Pennsylvania recycler.

A report written by a volunteer county investigator about the thefts at the landfill recommended that new locks be placed on landfill gates and that security cameras be installed in various locations.

The investigator, David A. Grand of Westminster, is a Democratic candidate for commissioner.

Mr. Kirschnick said no security changes have been made at the landfills as a result of the report.

"The word's out what happens if you get caught" stealing, he said.

Mr. Kirschnick said landfill workers will begin separating the different types of scrap metal that are dumped because companies will pay more per ton for separated metals.

He said the county plans to advertise the deputy's position in national trade journals.

The job will pay $44,000 to $69,500 a year.

The county will begin advertising the position within three weeks, Bev Billingslea, assistant director of the Department of Human Resources and Personnel Services, said Friday.

A panel of five or six people, including two from public works departments in nearby counties, will interview candidates for the job, Mr. Kirschnick said. Others on the panel will be from Carroll County government, he said.

The interviewers from other counties will offer an outside perspective on candidates, some of whom may know interviewers from Carroll, he said.

The commissioners probably will review the list of finalists for the job, he said.

A job description for the deputy director says he or she must have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field and at least five years' experience in public works administration.

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