The three-municipality council of governments that operates recycling programs in central Blair County is losing the only executive director it’s ever had.

John Frederick, 62, submitted his resignation recently to the board of the Intermunicipal Relations Committee, after accepting a job at an organization “not in the private sector” — but one which he’s not permitted to identify yet — that had sought out his services.

He’s leaving “with very mixed emotions,” he stated in the resignation letter, which was accepted at an IRC meeting Tuesday by representatives of the IRC members — Altoona, Logan Township and Hollidaysburg.

“It was a somber ‘aye,’” on that acceptance vote, said board Chairman Erik Cagle.

The board passed a resolution praising Frederick for “exceptional leadership,” working “tirelessly to

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