The City of Lawrenceville is pleased to announce the selection of Huston Gillis as the new Public Works Director, effective January 15, 2024. Gillis, who currently serves as the city’s Electric Director, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of leadership to his new role. He will also serve as a member of the City Manager’s Executive Management Team.
"We are delighted to welcome Huston Gillis as the new Public Works Director for the City of Lawrenceville,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “With his background, qualifications, and commitment to community development, we are confident he will play a pivotal role in contributing to the continued success and growth of our City. His proven leadership and dedication to service make him an invaluable asset, and we look forward to the positive impact he will undoubtedly bring to our Public Works Division.”
Gillis joined the City of Lawrenceville in July 2021 as the Electric Director, where he demonstrated exceptional dedication and expertise in managing the City's electric services. Before joining the City of Lawrenceville, Gillis spent several years at Jackson EMC, where he held roles in multiple departments, including Lineman and Marketing Services.
In addition to his professional achievements, Gillis is an active member of the Executive Board of Electric Cities of Georgia, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving 52 public power members in Georgia. In this role, he contributes to providing strategic and technical services to maximize the performance of utilities, supporting thriving communities, and fostering economic prosperity.
“It is an honor to be selected for this new role,” stated Gillis. “I look forward to serving our citizens and working with our Public Works department heads to fulfill the ongoing direction of the City Council and leadership. It is an exciting time to be a part of the City of Lawrenceville.”
Gillis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from North Georgia College and State University and a Master of Engineering from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His commitment to professional development is evident through his completion of the Leadership Barrow and Leadership Jackson programs, in addition to previously serving on the Banks County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The Public Works Director position became vacant in December 2023 when Jim Wright, the former director, returned to his home state of Missouri to assume a public works director job. The City of Lawrenceville expresses gratitude for Wright's dedicated service and welcomes Gillis into his new role.
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