Former Jackson Public Works Director takes new job - - Jackson, MS

Former Jackson Public Works Director takes new job

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT

Kishia Powell, the City of Jackson's Public Works Director, resigned on Saturday and has taken a new job. 

On Tuesday, she told Jackson leaders that she was taking a job as Atlanta's Watershed Management Commissioner.  

Powell said it was a definite challenge fixing Jackson's aging infrastructure and said revenue streams may not be enough to finish the job.

"There is a sales tax which is a god send but to be reasonable when you think about it, we've identified $1.7 billion dollars in need, said Kishia Powell. "$25 million in our Capital Improvement Program with $13-15 million a year in sales tax so it's unreasonable for anyone to think the sales tax was going to be the only answer."

In Jackson, Powell has made an annual salary of about $150,000.

She said her accomplishments include finalizing a 20-year master plan for the city, getting the still embattled Siemens contract turned around and the $65 million in infrastructure improvements the city plans to release details on soon.

Her advice for the person filling her shoes?

"The next person coming in to this position, hopefully they'll see the things we have sorted out.  I think we've shed light on many things we have done to do things in a sustainable way, so it doesn't matter whose here in public works leading the organization those folks know what to do," said Powell.

Powell also said she helped the city install $65 million dollars in infrastructure improvements.

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