The head of a major municipal department in Tuscaloosa has tendered his resignation and will step down as director of Infrastructure and Public Services early next month.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox shared the news with city staff in a Friday email, saying that IPS director Jarrod Milligan submitted his resignation this week, effective April 8th.

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Milligan took over the role after long-time IPS director Tera Tubbs left the city of Tuscaloosa last year to serve as city engineer across the Black Warrior River in Northport.

“I want to thank Mayor Maddox for giving me the opportunity to be a leader in our community and to take on the challenges within IPS," Milligan said in a statement provided to the Thread. "It has been an honor to work with the City of Tuscaloosa for the past 14 years and I have worked hard to make a difference. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and shaping a new professional future.”

“I’ve enjoyed working with Jarrod throughout the years, and have admired his dedication to the City," Maddox added. "I respect his decision and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

The mayor went on to say that IPS Deputy Director Savannah Nelson is currently on 12 weeks of FMLA leave and that the department's Selvin Greene and Kevin Turner will divide the responsibilities of IPS until her return.

Greene will oversee infrastructure and environmental services, and Turner will be responsible for the city's water and wasterwater plants, distribution and development.

"While [Milligan's departure] is a major loss, we have an opportunity embedded in this to align some divisions/duties and test their effectiveness," Maddox wrote. "I truly appreciate you all more than I can express, and know that there will be many questions as we move through this transition."

Maddox went on to say any city employee with questions about the various transitions should contact him directly.

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