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David L. Manning, Special Principal Associate
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

GBB to Assume Responsibilities of the Guam Solid Waste Management Division

United States District Court of Guam Appoints GBB as Receiver

(Fairfax, VA – March 18, 2008) — Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) has been informed that on March 17, 2008, the Honorable Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, Chief Judge of the United States District Court of Guam, has issued a court order appointing GBB as Receiver to achieve the Guam Government’s compliance with the Clean Water Act as set forth in a Consent Decree. The Decree, signed between the Government of Guam and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) on February 11, 2004, orders the Government of Guam to close the Ordot Dump, cease all discharges into the Lonfit River, open a new municipal solid waste landfill facility, and develop and implement recycling and hazardous waste strategies to reduce the volume of materials going into the landfill. 

Harvey Gershman, GBB President, will be the overall Officer-in-Charge for this assignment; David L. Manning, GBB Special Principal Associate, will serve as GBB’s Receiver representative acting on behalf of GBB; and Chace Anderson, GBB Vice President, will play a significant role in the assignment supported by other GBB resources as the project dictates.  "We are honored to have been selected by the Chief Judge for this important assignment,” said Harvey Gershman, GBB President. "This will be challenging work for all involved, and GBB is up to the task. Our selection, we believe, is a testament to GBB’s innovation, leadership, track record, and proven ability to make change happen and generate success stories.  In this assignment, GBB is responsible solely to the Court but will work closely with the elected officials, public works, financial, and other stakeholders of Guam to achieve full compliance with the terms of the Consent Decree in the most cost-effective and expeditious manner possible.”

As Receiver, GBB will have full power and authority to enforce the terms of the Consent Decree and assume all of the responsibilities, functions, duties, powers, and authority of the Guam Solid Waste Management Division of the Department of Public Works, and any and all departments or other divisions of the Department of Public Works insofar as they affect the Government of Guam’s compliance with the Consent Decree.  Working under the guidance of the Court and in consultation with the U.S. EPA and Guam EPA, GBB will review the work already performed by the Government of Guam and, building upon that work where possible, develop and execute a plan that will provide both the financing and leadership necessary to successfully address these vital services for the people of Guam.

About Guam

The Territory of Guam is an island with an area of 210 square miles in the Western Pacific Ocean. Its 2007 population is estimated at over 173,000. An organized, unincorporated territory of the United States, it is one of the U.S. territories with an established civilian government. Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands. The announced intention of the United States government to significantly expand our nation’s military on Guam makes the vital infrastructure required by the Consent Decree of even greater importance to assure that Guam is able to effectively support all members of the Guam community, including the men and women of our armed services who will be based there.

About Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

GBB is a national solid waste management consulting firm, headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, that works on solid waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal issues, and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services at the local, state, and national levels for both the public and private sectors.

In addition to its extensive expertise, GBB has a clear understanding of solid waste management in island communities. GBB is currently working on assignments for the Cayman Islands Government and the County of Maui, Hawaii. Previous to these assignments, GBB has had other assignments in Maui and in the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Since 1980, GBB has assisted hundreds of communities, earning a reputation for working hard and treating its clients’ challenges as its own. GBB has planned and developed a wide range of integrated waste management programs that use the latest technologies to improve efficiency, save money, enhance customer service, and protect the environment. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit www.gbbinc.com or call 1-703-573-5800.

About David L. Manning – GBB’s Receiver and a GBB Special Principal Associate

David L. Manning’s career spans more than 30 years in finance and public administration, including executive level positions in state and local government, with the private sector, and as an independent consultant. He brings substantial financial management expertise to bear in his consulting services.

Mr. Manning has served as the Chief Financial Officer for both the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and the State of Tennessee.  Most recently, he served as Director of Finance for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, appointed by Mayor Bill Purcell. His key responsibilities included all areas of financial management together with preparation and oversight for the annual budget with expenditures of $1.9 billion (FY2007). He was also the principal official responsible for planning, development, and oversight of the Mayor’s initiative to create a new "clean, green, and lean” solid waste management plan for Nashville.  Under the plan, Nashville successfully implemented curbside recycling, revitalized its district energy system, and significantly reduced the City’s overall cost for solid waste management.  Prior to his service with Nashville, Mr. Manning served as the Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee.  Appointed by Governor Ned McWherter in 1987, he served in that capacity until the end of the Governor’s second term in 1995.  There, he oversaw the financial and administrative management of Executive Branch agencies, and prepared and implemented an annual budget of $12.5 billion. 

In 1994, the American Society for Public Administration awarded Mr. Manning the S. Kenneth Howard Career Achievement Award for budget and financial management.



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