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New County Air Quality Control Director Named

(Phoenix) -- Robert Kard, former Director of Compliance for the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District in California, has been named Director of the newly created Maricopa County Air Quality Department, effective March 7, 2005.


“We are pleased to have new leadership to improve the many county air quality programs and to bring about the regional resources and behavioral changes needed in the community to reach attainment of national air quality standards,” said Supervisors’ Chairman Max Wilson.


The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in November voted to create a new Air Quality Department with a staff of approximately 122 employees and an annual budget of $10 million.


“Maricopa County continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country,” said County Administrator David Smith.   “Mr. Kard’s background and 23 years of experience will be instrumental in guiding the Maricopa County Air Quality Department to a more activist approach in improving the air quality of our region.


In his former position, Kard was charged with the enforcement of federal, state, and local air pollution laws and regulations in eight counties encompassing 25,000 square miles and nearly 8,000 regulated businesses. 


Previously Kard worked for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in San Francisco for 11 years where his accomplishments included the design and implementation of a comprehensive compliance program, implementation of a valley wide automated agricultural burn permitting and smoke management system, and creation of a mutual settlement program for violation resolution.


As a member and past chairman of California’s Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), he was charged with improving communications and consistency among local air pollution control agencies, the California Air Resources Board, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.


 Kard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and a California Teaching Credential in Physical and Biological Sciences.  He also attended the University of San Francisco where he completed Masters coursework in Environmental Management.


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