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Lenny Branch, 43, is Smithfield’s public works director. His department encompasses services, including garbage collection, buildings and grounds maintenance, street drains and animal control.
Branch graduated from Wake Technical Community College in 1992 with a degree in business management. He started working for Smithfield’s public works department that same year. Before that, he graduated from Smithfield-Selma High School and attended Johnston Community College.
Over time, Branch continued his education, and in 2000, he completed N.C. State University's Roads Scholar program in road maintenace and management. He worked his way up through the public works department and became director in 2007.
Branch married his wife, Tracy Oliver Branch, in 1996. They have two children, Trevor, 15, and Corey, 13.