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 employs 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, acting director in January of 2016 and on July 5, 2016 Allen became the director of the department.
The Department of Public Works is located at 780 Esters Blvd., and can be contacted at 228-435-6271.