by: Matt Sharp, KTLO (Edited version)
The trouble-plagued Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District has new leadership.
In a meeting Tuesday, the OMSWD board selected Bill Lord in the director’s role on an interim basis without a contract.
Just one week ago, the board voted to terminate its contract with a company whose employee, Melinda Caldwell, has served as the district’s director for the past 11 years.
The action to terminate the contract with Caldwell’s company comes after the board asked her earlier for a detailed accounting of the district’s finances.
Some members of the board contend the contract was terminated because she would not provide a financial paper trail and other documentation.
But Caldwell tells KTLO News in Mountain Home that “documents and receipts are in good order and have always been available to the board.”
The Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District includes Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton and Searcy Counties, with Carroll County having withdrawn from the group in 2019.
A more detailed story from KTLO including background on some of the issues the district has faced over the years can be found here.