The executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management District has been dismissed from his position.

After a May 7 executive session, the district board voted unanimously to dismiss Jason Wolfenbarger from the position, and also to request an immediate audit of expanded scope of the district’s finances.

“It means they’ll look in greater depth,” said Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon.

McMillon had made the motion after the vote for dismissal. He explained after the meeting that due to the particular nature of the dismissal, the auditors will be asked to pay close attention to the possibility of financial irregularities.

“If there’s fraud involved,” he said, “we want to be made aware of it.”

According to Assistant United States Attorney Allison Bragg, the 40-year-old Wolfenbarger was arrested Thursday on federal charges. “Mr. Wolfenbarger has been charged in a federal complaint,” she said Tuesday, “with sale or transfer of a firearm to a prohibited person.”

According to information available at the website of the Craighead County jail, Wolfenbarger was booked into that facility at 5:45 p.m. According to Greene County Sheriff Steve Franks, Wolfenbarger had also been a reserve deputy sheriff since before Franks took office in January 2019.

The board also established a four-member oversight committee consisting of Paragould Mayor Josh Agee, McMillon, Randolph County Judge and board chair David Jansen, and Rector Mayor and board vice-chair Teresa Roofe. It delegated day-to-day office operations to Debbie Johnson and landfill operations to Shay Robinson.

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