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Audley Gordon lands NSWMA top job

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Audley Gordon (right) makes his way through an illegal dump site in Bedward Gardens, St Andrew, earlier this year

After about four months on the job at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) as chief technical officer (CTO), former deputy general secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Audley Gordon has been promoted to executive director.

Gordon, who held the position of chief technical officer since August, had applied for the top job at the agency and was given the nod by the board of directors.

Chairman of the NSWMA Dennis Chung told The Gleaner that the board met last week and again on Monday and decided that Gordon was the man for the top job. "The board was unanimous. In half-hour, everyone agreed. there was no dissenting voice," Chung said.

The NSWMA chairman said he and other independent directors were apprehensive at first about appointing Gordon to the post. However, he said, since Gordon has been CTO, "I guarantee you that the work that he has done in getting initiatives implemented, he has been the most outstanding performer at that institution, although you could say he is the least qualified person from an academic point of view."

Chung said the board was fully confident in Gordon's capacity to do the job, noting that a new CTO would be appointed to support him.

When Gordon first applied for the post of executive director of the NSWMA, he told The Gleaner that he was qualified for the job.

Highlighting his qualifications, Gordon said he led two successful road campaigns that brought both Bruce Golding and Andrew Holness to Jamaica House.

In addition, Gordon said he had successfully run a prison volunteer organisation, managing 700 volunteers, locally, for the past 20 years.