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UPDATED – Avondale Estates replaces public works director

Avondale Estates

UPDATED – Avondale Estates replaces public works director

Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.


Avondale Estates Public Works Director Bryan Armstead no longer works for the city and has been replaced by the Parks and Recreation Director.

The city first announced the switch in its June 16 newsletter and announced it again at a recent City Commission meeting. Oscar Griffin was promoted from within the department, leaving his post as Parks and Recreation Supervisor.

“Oscar has shown loyalty and commitment to service since he was first hired by the City in 2006,” the city newsletter says. “During his tenure with the City, Oscar has supervised the day-to-day operations of the Parks Department and assisted with sanitation, code enforcement, responding directly to citizens’ needs, and hiring and training associates. Oscar brings eight years of management experience to his new role.”

It’s not clear if the city intends to hire another parks director. The newsletter notes that the Public Works Director supervises the Parks Department. The Parks and Recreation Supervisor position is listed as “vacant” on the city’s website.

Attempts to reach Armstead have been unsuccessful. An employee who answered the phone said he no longer works for the city.

Messages to city officials have so far not been returned. Decaturish received a copy of Armstead’s separation notice, which shows he offered his voluntary resignation on May 19. The resignation was effective June 9. Armstead joined the city in 1998. The separation notice does not give a reason for the resignation.

“For the past 16 years I have enjoyed my time as a city of Avondale Estates employee,” Armstead wrote. “It has truly been a wonderful experience.”

Prior to his departure, Armstead made $74,235. Griffin made $42,536 as Parks and Recreation Supervisor.