Ethics board clears sustainability director for Ontario County

The Ontario County Board of Ethics found no conflict of interest for the county director of the Department of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management.

Some had raised concerns that department head Carla Jordan might have a conflict in her role heading the new department, which is focused on matters concerning the county landfill operated by Casella Waste Systems. Before being hired by the county in 2014, Jordan was a regional engineering manager for Casella Waste Systems and her husband is an engineer with Barton & Loguidice, Casella’s landfill engineering firm.

“There is no conflict of interest for our director,” said Canadice Town Supervisor Kris Singer, chair of the Board of Supervisors Planning and Environmental Committee, which met Monday. “So we can put that to rest,” added Singer. She said that in open session after a brief closed-door meeting with the committee on the Ethic Board finding.

The Department of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management was formed to dramatically reduce landfill waste and prepare the county for when its contract with Casella ends in 2028.

Singer had said previously questions of conflict of interest had been addressed and Monday’s meeting moved on to a number of developments.

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