City Manager of Dubuque, Iowa, Mike Van Milligen has appointed Renee Tyler to be the city’s next director of transportation services. Tyler, currently enrolled in the Clinton School’s Executive Master of Public Service degree program, serves as the city’s assistant public works director and will assume her new responsibilities on Nov. 5.
“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity,” Tyler said. “The city of Dubuque provides an extraordinary level of service for its citizens. Public transportation and parking are two of the biggest challenges any city faces. Our transportation department has thrived over the last several years due to innovative measures and a commitment to servicing the citizens and the surrounding community. I am looking forward to leading this great department as we continue building and servicing the needs of the citizens.”
As director of transportation services, Tyler will be responsible for the operation of The Jule, Dubuque’s public transit system with fixed-route bus service and door-to-door paratransit mini-bus service, and management of the city’s parking system, including public ramps, lots, and parking meters. She will serve as project manager for the department, coordinate vehicle and major equipment purchases, analyze ridership and route performance, manage and maintain all parking facilities/assets and enforcement activities, control and administer budgets for the transit and parking activities, and be responsible for departmental marketing programs and activities.
Tyler joined the City of Dubuque staff as assistant public works director in December 2016. In this role, she assists with administrative responsibilities for the department along with operational activities for the city’s street and sewer maintenance activities, traffic signals and street lighting maintenance, riverfront maintenance, snow and ice control operations, and flood control activities. She manages a staff of 40 and activity budgets of over $8.5 million.
Prior to coming to Dubuque, Tyler was employed by the City of Little Rock from 2013 to 2016 as fleet acquisition, parts, and special projects manager. She served as a divisional manager and was responsible for vehicle procurement, acquisitions, parts, and inventory control for the city’s 1,400 fleet assets. Tyler also implemented a performance measurement system, acted as legislative and state government liaison for fleet issues, ensured grant compliance, identified alternative energy and fueling projects, and managed the division’s annual budget.
Tyler’s previous experience includes serving as executive administrator to the CEO of RVM Enterprises, an eDiscovery and consulting services firm in New York, N.Y.; chief of staff to New Jersey Assemblyman Jerry Green in the New Jersey General Assembly in Plainfield, N.J.; and assistant to the CEO of the Promontory Financial Group in New York, N.Y.
Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She recently participated in the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Professional Fellows Program funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She is also a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA), a 2018 graduate of APWA’s Emerging Leaders Academy, the APWA National Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Iowa APWA Legislative and Governance Committee, the Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commission, a 2016 graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the National Association of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), and is past vice president of the Arkansas Public Fleet Professionals Association.
Her volunteer experience includes the Junior Achievement of the Heartland in Dubuque middle schools, Art Porter Music Foundation, Our House Shelter, and Little Rock Junior League.