Over the last few years, there’s been a whole lot of new blood in the top positions of city leadership in High Point.

On Wednesday, March 30, the city announced that Robby Stone – the deputy Public Services director – will be the next Public Services director for the City of High Point and that he’ll waste no time taking over those duties.

Stone starts his new job “effective immediately.”

The Public Services Department – which contains more than 300 full-time positions – is the largest department in the City of High Point.

Over the last three years, High Point has gotten a largely new City Council, a new economic development head, a new city manager – and Stone’s new leadership role will mean another fresh face in a very important position.

As the Public Services director, Stone will oversee the city’s Public Services Department, which includes the following: streets, water and sewer services, and environmental services such as garbage collection and landfill operations.  He will oversee the compost facility as well, and also the city’s material recovery and recycling facility.

The job also puts Stone over stormwater maintenance and the city’s Cemeteries Division.

In a Wednesday, March 30 press release announcing Stone’s new job, City Manager Tasha Logan Ford had a lot of nice things to say about him in her prepared statement.

“Mr. Stone is a thoughtful leader with a solid understanding of both the technical aspects of the job and the interpersonal skills required to work collaboratively,” she said. “He understands the value each Public Service employee brings to this community by the way they approach their work, and I’m confident the commitment to excellence will continue. I’m extremely excited Robby has chosen to serve in this new capacity with the City.”

Stone has been with the City of High Point for almost a decade and, over the years, he’s served as the Water/Sewer Mains Superintendent and the assistant public services director.  Most recently, he served as the city’s deputy Public Services director.

Before coming to work for the city of High Point, he was with the City of Winston Salem in various Public Services Department roles from 2001until 2013.

“I am honored to accept this position to lead the Public Services Department,” Stone stated in the press release. “Over the years, there have been several great leaders that have molded and shaped who we are. This promotion is another life accomplishment goal for me while continuing to serve others within this great city. I look forward to future opportunities to provide essential services to our customers while serving with an outstanding Public Services and Management team.”

Stone, who’s a licensed professional engineer, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University.