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Lawrence County has named a new recycling and solid waste director.

The county commissioners promoted Jerry Zona to the position at their meeting this week.

They also named Lorraine Ranchod as full-time assistant director. She previously was a part-time employee in the recycling office.

Zona, who also is executive director of PA CleanWays of Butler and Lawrence counties, succeeds Amy Jo Labi-Carando, who had held the director’s position for 20 years. She retired from county employment last month.

Zona had been working full time as her assistant.

During his years of wearing both hats, he has led a crusade against illegal dumpsites countywide and has organized cleanup efforts in the area with local volunteers.

Ranchod, a former employee of the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce, has planned an annual Earth Day awareness event in that community that has grown to attract more than 1,200 participants. The celebration involves corporate sponsors, live music, food, animals, demonstrations, energy presentations, children’s activities and tree-plantings.

She also has been executive director of the Ellwood City Community Enrichment Program, a non-profit organization she created as the local Earth Day sponsor.

At the annual salary board meeting in January, the commissioners, controller and treasurer set Zona’s wages as director at $41,500 and Ranchod’s salary as assistant director at $30,000 for this year, to become effective upon Labi-Carando’s retirement.

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