New Public Services Department director nominee to be submitted to council

A staffer for U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by Columbus Council to lead the city's Public Services Department.

Since 2001, Kenneth Jerome Cutts has worked for Bishop, starting as a field representative and advancing to district director in 2003, the position he holds now, his resume states.

Cutts, a 1994 graduate in political science from Albany State University, is being considered for the position vacated earlier this year by former Director Rufus Riggs, who held that job for four years.

Cutts also earned a law degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Law in 1997.

If the 10-member council confirms Cutts, he will become the top official in a department with 400 employees and an annual budget of $23 million. Public Services is responsible for garbage collection, landfill maintenance, street maintenance and other behind-the-scenes activities vital to the city's operation.

His salary would be $73,345.

The department's second-in-command, Gary Stickles, was hired as deputy director on July 20 to replace Rachel Barker, who left to work with her husband in Alabama.

Stickles is a 16 year-veteran with the city who previously headed two different divisions within public services.

Cutts' resume can be viewed on the city's Web site at http://ccga1.columbusga.org/e-cap.nsf.