Kyle Croce is stepping down as the city’s Public Works director.

Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson said Croce resigned from the position last week. Croce spent three years as the city of Mitchell's Public Works director, but Everson said he’s heading back to Florida, which is where he resided prior to taking the role.

The Mitchell Republic reached Croce by phone Monday for a comment about his resignation. He was unable to speak at the time but suggested he would discuss the matter later.

“He is taking a job in Florida and will be moving back there,” Everson said of Croce. “He has done great things for the city in his time as the Public Works director, and we wish him the best.

Everson said the city will likely advertise for a new director soon, which entails overseeing the municipal airport, code enforcement, engineering, Planning and Zoning, building inspection, street and sanitation and city water and wastewater.

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Croce came into the role with over 24 years of experience in the public and private sectors. The former Navy officer also brought engineering experience to the Public Works Department. Former Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey selected Croce as the Public Works Director in 2018.

Some of the biggest projects Croce helped oversee included the completion of Sanborn Boulevard reconstruction, the ongoing East Central Drainage project and rolling out the city’s new recycling program roughly a year ago. Croce also played a vital role in advancing the city's goal to dredge Lake Mitchell. He was part of the selection committee that recently tabbed Barr Engineering to complete a dredging design for the city's lake.

Throughout his time as Public Works Director, Croce also played a vital role in developing the wetland project along Firesteel Creek. The goal of the project aims to reduce the phosphorus and sediment flowing into the lake from the creek, which studies have shown is a major cause for the algae woes in the lake. Everson applauded Croce’s efforts to help advance the wetland project, which is several months away from beginning.

Over the past year, Croce has been gaining partnerships with major entities such as Ducks Unlimited, James River Water Development District and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, to help fund and design the wetland project. The project is in the final design phase.

“This is the start of an exciting project for this wetland opportunity, and we have been working with a number of partners to get this in motion,” Croce said earlier this year.