Southwest Clean Air Agency director to retire

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Robert Elliott, executive director of the Southwest Clean Air Agency, will retire this summer after 22 years at the helm, the agency announced.

Elliott’s tenure as executive director is the longest of any local clean air agency in the history of the state’s Clean Air Act, which dates to 1968. Elliott plans to retire June 30.

The Southwest Clean Air Agency, based in Vancouver, is using executive search firm Prothman Company to recruit candidates to replace him.

The agency, which serves Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties, is charged with enforcing federal, state and local air-quality regulations.