By NATHAN GREGORY
Starkville is in the process of advertising for a new director of sanitation and environmental services after the person who held that position stepped down earlier this month.
Starkville Personnel Officer Randy Boyd confirmed Sharon Boyd, who had been employed with the city since November 1992, left her position and has moved out of Starkville.
“The position is currently being advertised in (local) papers and on our website. The application period will close July 31,” Randy Boyd said. “The board will then screen applications and they are hoping to schedule interviews on Aug. 14.”
Among many functions listed in the job description document included in the board’s July 17 e-packet, the director of sanitation and environmental services “Manages and oversees the daily operation and administration of the waste collection, recycling, landfill, landscape, rubbish collection, litter control and the administrative and customer service functions of the division, which includes planning, organization and supervision of operations, customer service, field services and administrative services to ensure safe and efficient operations.”
Other duties include preparing long range plans for the division, conducting research, managing the division’s budget as well as applying for and administering grant money to support the division’s services.
The previous listed range of the department head’s salary was a grade 13, which has a range of $39,543-$51,296. Sharon Boyd’s salary was listed as $51,296 as of July 12.
Randy Boyd confirmed the board reviewed the job description and agreed to raise the position to a salary grade 16, which ranges from $52,631-$70,046.
Mayor Parker Wiseman said in the interim, Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill is working closely with department staff to maintain day-to-day operations.
“The board has tasked a committee consisting of (Spruill), the newly appointed finance manager (Taylor Adams) and (Ward 3) Alderman (Eric) Parker to conduct a review and analysis of the sanitation and environmental services department to include opportunities for the future of the department,” Wiseman said. “I would also anticipate the work of that committee should wrap up sometime in August, and that will provide the board with additional information in considering candidates for the vacancy.”