The organization seeking to minimize the loss of more than a thousand workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is rushing to replace its administrator and executive director. Little more than a week ago, the Paducah-Area Community Reuse Organization, or PACRO, was informed it would lose its administrative organization at the heels of Executive Director John Anderson’s early retirement. Yesterday, executive committee members called this situation an emergency and unanimously agreed to exempt a competitive search for new administration.
Instead, a committee of five will seek replacements – a process Committee Chairman Jerry Hoover says couldn’t come sooner. “We’ve got the committee put together of five representatives," Hoover says, "who are charged with seeking out a source with whom we could negotiate an agreement to take over the management of PACRO.” Officials with the United States Enrichment Corporation say the first round of cuts should eliminate about one-hundred fifty workers by mid-August.