The Board of Commissioners

The Authority Board is comprised of two members from the Crescent City Council, two members of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors and one other public member, elected by the other four. Each member is appointed annually, except for the public member who serves a two year term.

In 2021, the Authority Board includes:

  • Commissioner Blake Inscore, Chair  (City Councilmember)
  • Commissioner Jason Greenough, Secretary  (City Councilmember)
  • Commissioner Valerie Starkey (County Supervisor)
  • Commissioner Darrin Short, (County Supervisor)
  • Commissioner Michael Tomkins (Public Member)
  • Alternate Commissioner Isaiah Wright, (City Councilmember)
  • Alternate Commissioner Bob Berkowitz, (County Supervisor)


Treasurer/Controller : Rich Taylor

Legal Counsel: Martha Rice


Director: Tedd Ward, M.S.

Facilities and Programs Coordinator & Clerk of the Authority Board: Kyra Seymour

Administrative Assistant – Solid Waste  : Katherine Brewer

Account Clerk – Solid Waste : Haley Smith

Office Technician-Refuse Site Attendant: Michael McLellan

Gate Attendants:

Darren Davis

Jeffrey Mathison

LeRoy Knopf

Robyn Cambell


When & where does the Board meet?

The Authority generally meets the third Tuesday of each month  starting at 4:00 P.M. Call the Authority office at 465-1100 to confirm meeting times and locations.  The North Coast Recycling Market Development Zone includes Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, and within this zone, technical assistance and low interest loans are available to assist eligible businesses planning to use new or additional recycled materials in their manufacturing or packaging. More information on this program is available here.

What Enterprise Systems does the Authority use?

Under section 6270.5 of the California Government Code, the Authority is obliged to describe software systems that store information about the public. The Authority uses two such systems: Scale Management Software from Creative Information Systems, and QuickBooks from Intuit. The information stored in both of these systems is used to track charges and payments from commercial charge accounts. Data is collected daily and these databases are also updated daily. These databases are maintained by staff of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority.