Mayor Shelton names interim public works head

By Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Charlie “Chuck” Williams, a traffic control supervisor in public works, was named public works’ interim department head Tuesday.

Mayor Jason Shelton nominated him for the post and the City Council unanimously approved the move.

Sid Russell, director of public works, announced on Aug. 28 his retirement in mid-October after 25 years with the city. Since then Russell has used his remaining vacation time until his official retirement.

In his letter announcing his retirement, Russell recommended a different public works employee as department head – Susan Morris, assistant director, who has been employed with the city a year longer than Russell.

Williams, one of four supervisors in public works, will serve as interim department head for an indefinite length of time.

“He may do so good that we decide to keep him there,” Shelton said.

Shelton named Williams’ more than 20 years of experience in the department and strong working knowledge of public works as reasons for selecting him for the interim position.

Russell said he has “all of the confidence in the world” in Williams.

Shelton said he will begin formally naming other department heads at the Oct. 1 City Council meeting.

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  • Poorcityworker

    This sure does rain on her little play pen!!! Bet her and her favorites are getting a little nervous now that this has happened!!

  • DoubleTalk

    What happened to the longest person there criteria that put Nettie in the seat ? I don’t know anything about either of these folks or anyone else that might be considered. It is always beneficial to the public to see the clicks get disrupted.