After almost a decade of service to the City of Belton, Public Works Director Byron Sinclair has announced he will retire in May.

Sinclair has served in the position since February 3, 2016. Prior to that, the served as Assistant Public Works Director, and also spent time working for the City of Temple. He received the Les Hallbauer Excellence in Public Service Award in 2015.

“There are not enough words to express how blessed and thankful I am to have worked with the City of Belton. Belton is and will always be home,” Sinclair wrote in his retirement letter.

“I have accepted Byron's letter, with appreciation for his over nine years of significant public service commitment to the City of Belton,” City Manager Sam Listi said. “Byron has given us time for a smooth transition, with an effective retirement date of May 5, 2017. This will allow us the time needed to conduct the recruitment process for a successor. “

Sinclair contributed extensive work on the Belton Police Training Facility project, and played a vital role in the maintenance of Belton’s infrastructure. He also led crews repairing water leaks, addressing drainage issues, and rehabilitating streets.