Spotlight on Lorenzo Anderson

Posted on: January 31, 2014

Lorenzo AndersonLAUREL, MS,  – Lorenzo Anderson is the City of Laurel’s new Public Works Director / City Engineer, but make no mistake, he’s no new kid on the block. Anderson was been in his new role since November 2013 and is already making quite an impact. The Laurel City Council recently approved Anderson’s request to purchase two new dump trucks and a much-needed new garbage truck.


Anderson has previously served as the City Engineer for the city of Greenville, MS, and brings over 11 years of experience and a breadth of knowledge from wastewater to drainage to street reconstruction to safe routes to school projects.


“Mr. Anderson has proven himself to be an asset to the City of Laurel in the short time he has been here,” said Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee. “He has earned the respect of the staff of the Public Works Department and the other employees of the City of Laurel. We are thrilled to have him on our team and we anticipate that his expertise in his various areas will only enhance his service to the citizens of our city.”


Over the past several years, Anderson has played a key role in securing millions of dollars for major projects in Greenville, including energy efficiency projects with Siemens in 2013 worth an estimated $8.5 million through lease-purchase to replace water meters and change out traffic signals. He has also had an integral part in several other capital improvement projects in addition to cost-saving endeavors. He has experience securing grants through Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Mississippi Development Agency (MDA).


Originally from Memphis, Anderson is married to his lovely wife, Kimberly. Anderson says he is “very excited” to be in Laurel and “looks forward to working with Mayor Magee and a great team of very motivated workers in the Public Works department.”


Anderson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University. He is licensed by the state of Mississippi as a civil and traffic engineer.