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Gering Landfill gets new director
January 20, 2011 Jerry Purvis    Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen

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Director of Enviromental Services Rick Hurt recently joined the City of Gering.

Rick Hurt has joined the City of Gering as its new Director of Environmental Services, bringing with him 20-plus years of experience in the sanitation business.
“My family has been in the Ft. Collins area for the past 12 years,” Hurt said. “Before that I worked with USA Waste here in Gering.”
He said this is his first sanitation job in the public sector and his first for a baled landfill facility. When asked what interested him when he read the ad for the position, he said “It’s a nice place to live and the job was what I’m familiar with doing.”

Hurt has only been on the job for about two weeks and is still getting familiar with the operation and learning all the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality regulations that govern waste disposal sites.
“The staff is doing a lot of things well, so I don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “As time goes on, I’m sure there areas where we can make improvements – there always are no matter where you go.”

He said he’s very impressed with the spirit of cooperation he sees
throughout the city’s various departments.
“Baled landfills are different operations than other types,” he said, “but with the wind we have here, I can see why the trash has to be baled. It helps to keep the area cleaner.”

Hurt said his wife and youngest son, who’s still in high school, are getting their house ready for sale in Ft. Collins and will join him this summer. One of his two older daughters is in college and the other will graduate this spring.
“So far, so good,” is how he described his first two weeks on the job. “The staff has done a great job taking care of what needs to be taken care of. I can see a lot of potential for the future, but right now I’m just getting familiar with the job.”
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