Two New Directors begin work with the City of Opelika

October 24, 2013

The City of Opelika has welcomed two outstanding gentlemen to the city’s leadership lineup to head up the Solid Waste Department and the Engineering Department, respectively.  Both gentlemen began work this past month.

            “I am enthusiastic about these two gentlemen joining the City of Opelika leadership team” stated Mayor Gary Fuller.  “Each one brings a unique and outstanding record of excellence in their respective fields when it comes to managing assignments and getting the job done the way it should be done, on time and on budget.  They are just what our city needs to help move our community forward!”

Solid Waste Department
            Terry M. White comes to the City of Opelika as the new Director of the Solid Waste Department.  This lifelong Opelika resident is a graduate of Opelika High School (1972) and Auburn University (1976), earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction.

            During his professional career he worked in the construction industry in Birmingham, Alabama; was the Vice-President of Opelika Scrap Material; owned TransAmerica Printing; and has spent the past 20+ years at Waste Management, serving as that company’s Public Sector manager for the states of Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky for the last ten years.

            White served as a Lee County Commissioner for 8 years, and served as Vice-Chairman on the Opelika Industrial Development Board for 7 years.  He is also the Past President of the Opelika Rotary Club, Past President of the Opelika Jaycees, and is a Charter Board Member of the Opelika Dixie Youth Baseball.

He is married to Carol Bazemore White; they have three children and four grandchildren. 

The Whites are members of First Baptist Church in Opelika. 

Engineering Department
            Scott Parker comes to the City of Opelika as the new City Engineer, replacing Walter Dorsey who retired from city employ earlier this year.

This lifelong resident of Lee County is a distinguished Professional Engineer; he has twenty years of roadway design and transportation engineering experience.  His experience not only includes work in materials and design, but in capacities from municipal to federal programs.  During his tenure, he has been able to develop the managerial experience needed to propel the city into its bright and prosperous future. 

A graduate of Auburn University in Civil Engineering, Scott comes from a long line of engineering expertise.  He obtained his P.E. in the state of Alabama in 2001. 

Scott and his wife Miki (formerly Torres, of Auburn) and their two daughters will soon be relocating to the city and are excited to experience all Opelika has to offer.  Scott is excited to become a part of the community and looks forward to serving as City Engineer.  


The Parkers are members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.