The article goes on to recount recent events in the City of Santa Fe's Solid Waste Division including last month City Manager Asenath Kepler's firing of Division Director Jill Holbert while the division study was still being drafted.
Kepler has not publicly discussed the reasons behind the firing, and Holbert
has said that she
never received an explanation. Holbert currently serves as a board member of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (2005-2006 term) and served as co-chair of the recent joint NMRC recycling and SWANA waste conference in Albuquerque.
The study went on to describe the conflict at work in the Division as a split between the "patron system" and an "entrepreneurial business-based system."It concluded that there is a collision of old ways of doing business with new ideas, demands from an influx of new people into Santa Fe and the need to upgrade Solid Waste practices and run it as a business. Holbert
joined the city in 2003, and as director quadrupled the number of homes served by automated cart collection for garbage.She
successfully balanced the division's $9 million budget.She
also worked to improve the city's recycling program and collaborated with the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency
to help develop the forthcoming recycling processing center in Santa Fe.Earlier this month, the Albuquerque Journal North reported that Councilor Karen Heldmeyer voiced her concerns about finding a replacement for Holbert at a recent Public Utilities Committee meeting, "The word is out among solid waste professionals in the United States that you don't take the job in Santa Fe."