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New Sanitation Superintendent Named
Posted on 10/28/2019
Kevin Rankins, long time Statesville employee, has been named the City’s new Sanitation Division Superintendent. Because he has served as Assistant Sanitation Division Superintendent since 1985, the new job has only required that Rankins move 10 feet to a new desk; except now he’s responsible for the 22 employees who make up the Sanitation Division.

Rankins is very familiar with the operations of the division and has been instrumental in the City’s transition to using automated equipment and complying with new environmental regulations. “I have enjoyed meeting and working with so many different people and being a servant to our community … which, really, we all should be,” said Rankins. “I just want to continue providing sanitation services that the citizens of Statesville can be proud of.”

A native of Statesville, Rankins is a graduate of Statesville High School and attended Mitchell Community College in data processing. He came to work for the City in 1978 as a supervisor in the Water and Sewer Division before moving to the Sanitation Division. Rankins is filling the vacancy left by Freddie Morrison, who retired as Sanitation Superintendent in September 2019 after nearly 37 years.

In making the announcement of Rankins’ new position, Public Works Director Derek Slocum said, “I know he will do a great job in this new position. Kevin gets along very well with the public and is able to resolve a variety of situations in a courteous and professional manner. He has the respect of the Sanitation employees, as well as that of the City staff, and we all look forward to working with him in this new role.”