Audley Gordon appointed NSWMA head

December 06, 2016
Audley Gordon (right) makes his way through an illegal dump site in Bedward Gardens, St Andrew.

Yet another political activist has been appointed head of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

Audley Gordon, a deputy general secretary of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has been appointed executive director for the authority.

Gordon, whose appointment as executive director took effect on Monday, had been given the job of chief technical officer shortly after the JLP won state power in February.

For most of the People's National Party's term in office between 2012 and 2016, a political activist, Jennifer Edwards, headed the authority.

The NSWMA is the agency charged with the responsibility of public cleansing and solid waste management on the island.

The NSWMA, in a media release on Tuesday said that Gordon, in the position of chief technical officer, "demonstrated an ability to get things done". 

"He comes to the position with a mix of pragmatic and appropriate managerial training and exposure that the board believes will serve the Authority well," the NSWMA said.

Chairman of the NSWMA Board of Directors, Dennis Chung points out that “the directors were unanimous in appointing Gordon to oversee the day-to-day management functions of the Authority”. 

“In the interview conducted by the selection panel, Mr. Gordon convincingly articulated a clear vision for the transformation of the Authority,” Chung said.

The NSWMA said the appointment of Gordon is the first step in strengthening the management capacity of the organisation, as we seek to transform it into one that every Jamaican can be proud of.