Donald Scharr has been named the new executive director of the Harrison County (Missippi) Utility Authority.
Scharr replaces Kamran Pahlavan, who was fired in February. Scharr starts work July 5.
Utility Authority President Billy Skellie, who also is mayor of Long Beach, made the announcement in a news release.
Scharr led operations at Thompson Engineering's Biloxi office. Scharr's professional experience includes work with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Wastewater Authority, First Chemical Corp. and Thompson Engineering.
The utility board fired Pahlavan because he allowed an authority contractor to finance a car for him. Sean Anthony owns S.H. Anthony Construction Co. and had the operation and maintenance contract with the authority. In 2011, he financed a 2005 Infiniti G35 for Pahlavan.
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