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Mid-Coast Solid Waste announces new facility manager

By Susan Mustapich | Jul 10, 2019

ROCKPORT — The Mid-Coast Solid Waste Board of Directors hired a new manager, Tokunboh-Baridi Nkokheli, it announced July 10.

Nkokheli, hired July 8,  will oversee operations at MCSW, 90 Union St., Rockport.

The new manager's three-year contract with a starting salary of $75,000 will begin by Aug. 26, and will expire Aug. 25, 2022. The contract was offered following a meeting July 5.

The July 5 meeting was attended by MCSWC Board Chairman David Barrows, of Lincolnville, and board members Owen Casas of Rockport, Bob Falciani of Camden, Alison McKellar of Camden and Wendy Pelletier of Hope, Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney, and Hope Town Administrator Samantha Mank. The meeting was announced July 4 after 5 p.m. and took place at 5:30 p.m. the next day.

Voting members Barrows, Casas, Falciani and McKellar voted in favor of approving the contract and Pelletier voted against approval.

The manager search was undertaken by the MCSWC Personnel Committee and employee representatives who selected several candidates to put forth to the Board of Directors for review. Many of the board members took part in the interview process and activities which allowed them several opportunities to interact with the candidate.

The Personnel Committee, Executive Committee representatives and employee representatives included Barrows, Casas, McKellar,  Mank, Camden Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell, Camden Finance Director Jodi Hanson and MCSWC employees Beth Kwiatkowski and Gary Leighton.

Nkokheli's career in the advancement of solid waste management began in Houston and includes working in solid waste management and public works administration in five municipalities in four states over a 30-year span. He is a certified solid waste manager through Texas A&M University Extension, and holds the recycling manager certification through the Solid Waste Association of North America, along with other certifications through professional and government agencies.

In a press release, the Board of Directors said it recognizes that he is an accomplished individual offering many years of successful experience encompassing all aspects of municipal solid waste management, including the areas of landfills, trucking fleets, municipal solid waste collection and recyclable material operations.

Nkokheli, currently of Baltimore, will move to the area in August.


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Comments (3)
Posted by: Don Dickinson | Jul 13, 2019 13:33

No breaking news here. The MCSWC were well aware of his firing as he brought it up himself during the interviewing process.


Several MCSWC Board and Executive Board members said July 12 that they were aware of the firing because Nkokheli brought it forth when he was interviewed; it was discussed and vetted by the Personnel Committee which recommended his hiring. (KVS 7/13/19)

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jul 12, 2019 07:21

Google Alert by Hayward - Dale, I am sure the Board of Directors did their research as you suggest.  Such an easy source of reference. I ask the reporter, Ms Mustapich, if she checked with Google?  In addition has the Board made arrangements for the new Director allowance for time off to travel and attend to his pending litigation?   There is much more news here that Village Soup should not let slip by.  Way to go Dale.  Perhaps there is another explanation?  Could there be another Tokunboh-Baridi Nkokheli?

Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Jul 11, 2019 07:01

Save the environment...use only natural plastic!  (must be true, I saw it in a picture)

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