HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg introduced its three new deputy directors of public works Wednesday morning at city hall. The city council approved the creation of the three positions on April 3.
The deputy directors are Wanda Tyler, deputy director of solid waste, Colton Hill, deputy director of streets and Perry Thomas, deputy director of maintenance. The trio will start their new jobs Monday.
The public works department was restructured to be managed by three deputy directors instead of one director after former department head Larry Barnes left the city at the end of 2017.
Mayor Toby Barker said restructuring the department this way should increase efficiency and save the city money.
The total combined salaries of the three new positions will be $167,000. City officials say that should save about $38,000 annually after phasing out the old director, general manager and three other vacant positions.
"We believe this new structure – where there is a deputy director over streets, mowing, sidewalks and drainage; a deputy director over sanitation and recycling; and a deputy director over the shop, construction and traffic – will allow more direct oversight and specialization in leadership, as well as afford more opportunities for internal staff and skill development," said Barker in a news release.
According to the city, the savings will be used to reinvest in mid-level staff and create an additional electrician position.