But in the end, an opening on the county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee went to a Tenino rancher and founder of a big composting facility.
On Tuesday, the Board of County commissioners appointed Silver Springs Organics founder Greg Schoenbachler to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He will represent Commissioner District No. 1, and also serve as the county’s agricultural representative.
The three Thurston County commissioners unanimously approved the appointment without discussion as part of the consent agenda, according to county spokeswoman Meghan Porter. The term will expire in 2020, according to agenda materials.
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Schhoenbachler is on the board of directors for the Thurston County Farm Bureau. He is a past member of the Lewis County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and served on a now-defunct task force for the state Office of Farmland Preservation.
“I have been in the recycling industry for more than 13 years,” Schoenbachler wrote in his application. “Innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and practicality are my greatest strengths that can help direct the future of Thurston County’s solid waste.”
Earlier this year, the commissioners voted to remove former Olympia City Council member Joe Hyer from the committee, saying he didn’t have the commissioners’ perspective on issues. Then in April, the commissioners were scheduled to appoint Justin Kover to the post, but postponed their decision when another candidate stepped forward.