Sistrunk to direct Lee Public Works

LEESBURG, Ga. -- In 14 days, Mike Sistrunk can remove the word "interim" from his business cards.

Sistrunk was named Thursday as the only candidate for the Lee County Public Works director position, which he has held on an interim basis since former Director William Clark resigned under fire in December of last year.

Lee Administrator Alan Ours said Thursday once a state-mandated 14-day waiting period is up, Sistrunk will assume the role as director of Public Works on a permanent basis.

"Last winter was an exceptionally wet one in Lee County, and Mike had plenty of opportunities to show his leadership capabilities," Ours said. "He came through with flying colors.

"(Naming Sistrunk director) is validation of the work he has done in the position on an interim basis since December. Prior to that time, Mr. Sistrunk served as assistant director in Public Works for six years, and he did a good job in that capacity as well."

Sistrunk, who got his start with the city of Albany's Public Works department in 1987, said he had three mentors who prepared him for the position he is to move into in July.

"I got my start with Larry Cook in Albany and worked with Phil Roberson there before coming to work with William Clark in Lee County," Sistrunk said Thursday. "If it were not for those three guys, I would not be in a position to take over this job today. Those guys opened a lot of doors for me.

"I certainly appreciate the opportunity Mr. Ours and the County Commission are offering me and the confidence they have shown in me. I am excited about this opportunity."

Sistrunk started work with the city of Albany as a heavy dump truck driver and eventually worked his way up to supervisor of the city's street division before leaving in 2003 to become Lee County Public Works' assistant director. During his career he has received seven certificates of commendation, eight commendations for work performance and has been named employee of the quarter, supervisor of the quarter and supervisor of the year.