A familiar face in Belton's local government has decided to call it a career.

Courtesy of Paul Romer, the City of Belton

The City of Belton's Public Works Director Byron Sinclair has submitted a letter to the powers that be stating he intends to retire from the job effective May 5.

“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.

Sinclair has served as Public Works Director since February 3 of last year after a stint as assistant public works director. He has worked for the City of Belton for over nine years.

“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 in a release. “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. “

One of the more recent projects in which Sinclair took a direct interest is the Belton Police Training Facility, which includes a shooting range that is available for use by regional law enforcement agencies.

Prior to working in Belton, Sinclair worked for the City of Temple.