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Supervisors await checks to hire waste officer

NATCHEZ — And then there was one candidate left for the newly created position of Adams County solid waste enforcement officer.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors conducted a second round of interviews Thursday morning with two of the five candidates who originally applied for the position.

Board attorney Scott Slover said the supervisors were ready to hire one of the two candidates following a standard drug test and background check.

“We interviewed a lot of great candidates, and we think we have one who impressed us with some of their ideas,” Slover said. “We think we’ve found the right candidate for the position.”

The interviews were done in executive session because the candidates had other jobs and had an expectation of privacy when they interviewed for the position.

Slover said the candidate’s name would be announced next week once the background check and drug test results came back.

The new officer will write letters to landowners with hazardous properties telling them to clean them up, and if the property owner does not comply, the officer will notify the supervisors, who will take the appropriate steps to have the road department clean the land and have the bill placed on the property’s tax rolls.

The litter control officer will also help in educating the community about littering and illegal dumping.

In other news from the meeting:

4The board approved to send Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield a general agreement to renew between the sheriff’s office and the National Park Service.

The contract, Mayfield said, clearly establishes the parameters between sheriff’s office deputies and park rangers who patrol the Natchez Trace Parkway.

“If they get into a chase with someone on the Trace they have the ability to continue that pursuit into the county if they need to,” Mayfield said. “We obviously don’t patrol the Trace, but there are times we get on there to go from one place to another, and that gives us the ability to stop someone we see needs immediate attention.

“It’s a matter of cooperation is what it basically is.”

The contract, which was already in place, was set to expire in August 2013.