- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The head of the Jackson public works department has resigned, leaving an understaffed department and ongoing problems at its water treatment facilities.

City officials told the Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1TPrKV1 ) on Saturday that Kishia Powell has resigned after starting the job in July 2014.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber praised her for her service.

She inherited a department facing a $400 million federal consent decree mandating the city make upgrade its wastewater treatment facilities to prevent untreated wastewater getting into the Pearl River.

Powell was Jackson’s first female public works director and was the highest-paid city employee with a $150,000 salary.

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