Waste District Director Fired

Rice Had Been On Paid Administrative Leave Since August

Posted: September 14, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.

Maylon Rice

Maylon Rice

The Boston Mountain Solid Waste District Board fired director Maylon Rice on Thursday after allegations surfaced regarding grant money and other management complaints.

At A Glance

The Board

The Board of Directors for the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District are:

Chairwoman, Marilyn Edwards, Washington County judge

Vice Chairman Bruce Ledford, Elkins mayor

Secretary Rhonda Hulse, Lincoln.

Doug Sprouse, Springdale mayor

Frances Hime, West Fork mayor

Frank Weaver, Madison County judge

Larry Oelrich, Prairie Grove

Kevin Hatfield, Huntsville mayor

Lioneld Jordan, Fayetteville mayor

Theodore Curry, Johnson mayor

Ernie Penn, Farmington mayor

Tommy Granata, Tontitown mayor

Source Boston Mountain Solid Waste District

At A Glance

Waste District

The Boston Mountain Solid Waste District is one of 18 in Arkansas. The district provides solid waste management in Washington and Madison counties. It operates a transfer station where residents drop off solid waste and recyclable material. The solid waste is taken to the Eco-Vista Landfill near Tontitown. The district also works with cities to provide recycling programs for residents to reduce solid waste disposal in landfills.

Source: Boston Mountain Solid Waste District

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Regardless of best intentions or demonstrated need, the misappropriation of grant monies is serious business.  Grants are contracts with stipulations from the grantor that funds will be used for specified purposes and proper documentation be kept.   Upon accepting the funds, the grantee is responsible for adherence to those conditions.

By appearances, this was a decision not determined on a whim.  A fully attended Board, the Chair recusing herself, the apparent reviewing of documentation,  with input from the Personnel committee, then deliberation for two hours before determining the best resolution to this situation.  NWACC Board of Trustees, for future reference, this is ethical professionalism in action. 

Posted by: SoJami

September 14, 2012 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

One must wonder why a former newspaper reporter like Rice landed such a job? His experience in handling materials was what? His administrative experience was what?
What I'm sensing is that Rice's hiring was due to political connections.

Posted by: cdawg

September 14, 2012 at 1:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )