Public Services deputy hired

The Columbus Consolidated Government has hired a new deputy in the city's Public Services Department.

Gary Stickles, a 16-year employee with the city, was hired on July 20 as deputy public services director, City Manager Isaiah Hugley said Friday. Stickles is taking the position vacated by former deputy director Rachel Barker, who left to work in her husband's business in Alabama.

His annual salary will be $60,198.38, Hugley said.

Since 1997, Stickles has been chief of the department's streets division, which is responsible for maintaining sidewalks, curbs, gutters and streets. Before that, Stickles headed the department's landfill division.

Hugley said a final determination has not been made on who will serve as director, a decision that requires Columbus Council approval. Director Rufus Riggs retired earlier this year.