Nathan Cockrill

Nathan Cockrill

Following in his father's footsteps, Nathan Cockrill has become Logan County's newest solid waste coordinator.

Nathan's dad, Dwight spent eight years leading the charge against litter in the community. After Dwight retired in 2016, former Kentucky State Trooper, Eddie Turner took the reins.

The Solid Waste Cordinator facilitates the county's waste ordinances, cleans up illegal dumps, manages the county's litter abatement program, applies for grants, creates educational programs in the schools, runs an advertising campaign to lower littering, oversees numerous e-scrap events, and organizes tire amnesty programs.

The position also works with community non-profits to orchestrate trash pickup days. These are days volunteers come out and pick up trash on one to five miles of roadway for up to $500.

The 32-year-old Cockrill is a 2002 graduate of Logan County High School and a 2005 graduate of Western Kentucky University. He says he became interested in the job after seeing his father make an impact in what he was doing as coordinator.

"I am excited about this opportunity," said Cockrill. "Making a difference, especially in your own home is rewarding."

According to Cockrill, he learned a lot from his father talking with him about the job, but says he is his own person and that

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everybody brings there own style into a position.

"Mine may be a little different," chuckled the young Cockrill.

Before Cockrill entertains any new direction he will pray about it first. This position was no different, and when he prayed, it made sense.

Cockrill also serves as a minister at the Christian Life Assembly of God in between Russellville and Auburn.

"I want to make a difference. There is a lot of work to be done in Logan County and I plan on working with people and not against them," said Cockrill. "We can get a great deal accomplished by working together."

The three E's is what Cockrill said he will bring to the job. Educate, Encourage and Enforce.

"Having taught in the school system I know the importance of educating folks. By being a teacher I learned it is also important to try and encourage people as well. We are blessed with what we've been given and need to take care of it the best we can."

Cockrill says he has already traveled the roads and has seen a lot of things the community can do better and there is always room for improvement.

"You have to be able to enforce the rules, but you can work with others to get that accomplished," said Cockrill. "My job is not to get others in trouble, but to help them and together make this a better place."

Everyone has been very supportive so far said Cockrill.

Nathan Cockrill