MSD Selects New Chair, Vice Chair; Adopts New Ethics Policy

by Dalton Main on March 28, 2011

The board of directors for the Metropolitan Sewer District selected a new chairman Monday and adopted a new ethics policy.

This action comes after Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who appoints board members, called for a shake up.

On Friday, former Chairman Audwin Helton stepped down in the wake of reports that his company had benefited financially from MSD contracts that were not competitively bid.

The board met today and selected Arnold Celentano as the new chairman and Doyle Stacy as the new vice-chair.

“Mr. Cellentano is a retired engeneer” says executive director Bud Schardein, “he has had experience on another sewer board, in New York State and he has been on the board for several years, he represents the Old Louisville Area and has always been a very active board member.”

The board also unanimously voted to enact a new ethics policy without any debate or discussion.

“The new policy was approved,” says Schardein, “to simply state that no board member or immediate family member of a board member can do business or hold a contract with MSD while they sit on the board.”

Fischer has also asked that two other board members whose companies benefited from no-bid contract to step down.

Last week, board member Marty Hoehler announced he would resign, but board member Beverly Wheatly, who was reportedly missing from today’s meeting, was not available for comment on her status.

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