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Ray Underwood

Ray Underwood has been named the City of DeLand’s public-works director.

Underwood had been serving as interim deputy public-works director following the departure of Demetris Pressley, who went into ministry full time.

“I am honored that the city has chosen me to lead the public-works department,” Underwood said. “If you don’t hear about us, that means we’re doing our job. That has and will always be our goal. We’re here to provide exemplary service to our residents and maintain DeLand’s great quality of life.”

Underwood has been with the city since 2010 and has worked his way through the ranks. Underwood started out as a maintenance worker before being promoted to a Street Maintenance Division equipment operator. He was later promoted to Street Maintenance Division foreman and then in 2017 was elevated to the position of Streets and Stormwater superintendent.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and is currently working to become a certified stormwater manager and certified public-works professional.

Underwood will now oversee one of the city’s largest departments, which includes the city’s Tree Division, Street and Stormwater Maintenance and Environmental Compliance.

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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews

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