The Department of Public Works covers a lot of ground. Water, sewer, building maintenance, streets and drainage, signs, construction maintenance, rights-of way, drainage and bridge maintenance are all part of the Public Works Department. Also included are an administrative division and a vehicle garage.
The department is led by Billy Ray Allen and employees about 100 people.
Allen began working in the department in 1975 and except for a brief hiatus with private contractor ECO Resources has worked continually for the city. In 2003, he was named the department’s utility construction manager and in January of 2016, Allen was named as acting director.
The Department of Public Works is located at 780 Esters Blvd., and can be contacted at 228-435-6271.