County hires new solid waste director

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By Lisa King

Shelby County has a new solid waste director, a transplant from New Mexico who has been living in Shelby County for 12 years.

Rick Solomon, who retired from a 20-year career as an environmental engineer at a New Mexico oil company, headed east after retirement, “Because I wanted to get away from the desert.”

Since his finance was working as a state employee for the state of Kentucky, a move to Shelbyville seemed logical, he said.

He also went back to work, again as an environmental supervisor, for the state of Kentucky.

“You’ve heard of the Tire Amnesty Program, well, that was me – they called me the tire amnesty guy,” he said.

Solomon was hired by the Shelby County Fiscal Court in May at $55,000 per year to head up the county’s solid waste program, and he said he is more than ready to take the helm of the new facility under construction on Windhurst Way.

“I started out many years ago, with a shovel in my hand,” he reminisced, watching as workers toiled in the hot sun, erecting the building’s skeleton.

“Now, I guess you could say, it’s my baby.”

Solomon will be in charge of solid waste issues and administrative and long-range vision prospects for recycling in Shelby County.