County landfill manager resigns for new job

Moffat County Landfill Manager Eric Johnson resigned Tuesday in a meeting with the Moffat County commissioners to take a job in Washington state.

Johnson, who has been manager for about a year a half at the landfill, took a job as mine safety and health training specialist at a mine in Bellevue, Wash.

Johnson was appointed as landfill manager after serving about six months as landfill supervisor less than two years ago.

When Johnson was landfill supervisor, the landfill was under the supervision of the county Road and Bridge Department.

Johnson assumed the duties of landfill manager when the landfill was made its own department.

Johnson's departure has the county commissioners trying to decide what to do with the position, whether to fill it or shift responsibilities back to road and bridge.

Road and Bridge Director Billy Mack was in attendance at Tuesday's meeting when Johnson announced his resignation.

"The way road and bridge is set up now, I don't think we could handle it," Mack told the commissioners. "But in the short term, I think we can keep things going. I think hiring a landfill manager is a good move."

One option discussed Tuesday was using an outside consultant to handle permitting and inspection requirements, and going back to just having a landfill supervisor.

Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele said the county could have one person handle permit responsibilities for both the landfill and the Road and Bridge Department.

Johnson recently had begun training for airport director along with his landfill responsibilities.

With Johnson's departure, that responsibility will remain with foreman Jack Kelly of the Road and Bridge Department.

Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said the additional responsibility of running the airport, in addition to

keeping up with state requirements at the landfill, might make it necessary to hire someone to fill the

position.

"It will be difficult for the road and bridge director to be director of the landfill because of all of the regulations at the landfill these days," she said.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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