Public Works Department Makes New Progress Under Director Keith Boyd
The municipal government often says that the Public Works employees are the city’s unsung heroes, and I agree.
These staff members are on call 24/7 to keep our city operating, offering hard work during regular business hours and emergency response in what can present extreme conditions such as severe weather, power outages, and accidents.
Public Works employees are also highly skilled in a broad range of trades, including electricity, plumbing, and construction, with many having earned unique degrees and certifications.
At the helm of our, Public Works Department is Keith Boyd, who began his career with the city in 1987 as a laborer in the Streets Division. A stand-out employee, he rose through the ranks to become a Street Foreman and then Operations Manager. In 2021, we were pleased to promote Keith to Director of Public Works, where he now oversees the Streets, Fleet, and Building Maintenance divisions with 17 employees.
Within a short period, Keith and his team have made many accomplishments and, equally important, have embraced a culture of excellence centered on customer service and teamwork.
The Street Division team maintains over 110 miles of asphalt and six miles of concrete streets. Keeping these corridors through the city safe is a never-ending job. They are dedicated employees doing whatever is needed, from repairing potholes, cutting low-hanging tree limbs down, street cleaning, addressing drainage issues, replacing culverts, and inspecting new driveways and driveway tie-ins.
In 2021 alone, the division completed 33,000 square yards of mill and inlay street resurfacing and 31,000 square yards of slurry seal surfacing. Despite supply chain challenges in 2022, the division has 21,000 square yards of mill and inlay work going to the City Council for approval to complete. Keith and his team are pushing forward to do all that they can to improve street conditions in Mount Pleasant.
The Streets Division has also made significant improvements at the Cortznes cemetery, including installing a new sidewalk with the new pavilion and adding new sections of concrete pavement at the County Club and Greenhill Avenue, with additional paving improvements on the horizon.
At the same time, Keith directs the Fleet Division in maintaining 119 City vehicles and 136 pieces of equipment, while his Building Maintenance division cares for 12 City facilities.
When things are running as they should, we tend to forget who is making that possible. But when there is a problem, we become incredibly aware of our need and appreciation for the Public Works Department.
It is an honor to work with Keith and his team, and we are grateful for all they do.
City Manager, City of Mount Pleasant
From left: Members of the Public Works Department, including David Black, Jonathan Buamgardner, JC Johnson, Carmen Garcia, Rodney Barnett, David Shultice, Maria Ramirez, Directory Keith Boyd, Andrew Derrick, City Manager Thatcher, Mike Onley, Walter Middleton, Salvador Estrada, Mike Grubbs, and Chris Webber.