Dec. 11, 2004 Former Attorney General Iver Stridiron may be legal counsel to the newly created Waste Management Authority.
The WMA board on Friday unanimously voted to offer Stridiron the post. And it selected Charles Parrott, a local business management consultant with a strong government background, as the authority's director of procurement, according to Sonya Nelthropp, WMA executive director.
Neither Stridiron nor Parrott has responded formally to the authority's offer. "We need to send a written request so they can respond, and then we have to negotiate salary," Nelthropp said.
She said Saturday that Stridiron's background he was selected out of three candidates renders him highly qualified for the post.
"In his role as attorney general over the past five years, he has worked with the legal aspects of the authority, and handled the consent orders. He assisted with the legal interpretation on the legislation with the authority. He is well versed in the authority's background and he will be a resource for us," she said.
The V.I. government has been under federal court orders since the 1980s to clean up the territory's wastewater system.
Stridiron was relieved of his government position by Gov. Charles W. Turnbull in September after a public brouhaha broke out over a bill proposed by Turnbull that would make changes in the governments contractual procedures which appeared to be highly suspicious. Upon further inspection, it was revealed that the language used in the bill was taken from the Model Procurement Code drafted by the American Bar Association. (See "Former Attorney General Clears The Air").
Nelthropp said of Parrott, "He has six years as contract administrator with Property and Procurement through Hurricanes Hugo and Marilyn. He was in the forefront of dealing with emergency situations and making sure all went though."
She praised Parrott's technical expertise and his understanding of how to deal with the private sector. "That combination of skills is what we need," she said. "We are trying to operate as a private sector business. We need people who understand that concept. We have to make our operation very efficient, and we need technological experience, which Parrott has. One of the things he did was introduce technology to the procurement process in summarizing and evaluation [of contracts]."
Parrott more recently worked for former Lt. Gov. Gerard Luz James as a special assistant and subsequently chief of staff for James in Turnbull's first administration.
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