The Decatur City Council will consider the appointment of Billy Tyus to the position of Interim City Manager during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.
If his appointment is approved, Tyus would fill the post on an interim basis being vacated by current City Manager Tim Gleason, who announced recently that he would be leaving to become City Manager in Bloomington, Il. The Decatur City Council plans to hire a search firm to lead its search for a permanent city manager and will announce details about the search in the coming days.
The Council also wants to encourage public input as part of the search and will soon have a link on the city’s web site where residents can provide views on qualifications that they would like to see in the next manager. Residents can also mail input to the City of Decatur at the following address:
Decatur City Manager Input
C/O Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe
1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL 62523
Billy Tyus has more than 22 years of public and private sector experience in government, media, community engagement and economic development and in September will have spent the last 18 years working for the City of Decatur. For more than a year he has served as Deputy City Manager, a second-in-command post for the team directing the day to day operations of the City, and previously worked in a variety of roles including Assistant City Manager for Development Services (4/2011-7/2017), Assistant City Manager for Public Information (7/2004-4/2011), Assistant to the City Manager (10/2002-7/2004) and Public Information Officer (9/2000-10/2002).
Under the direction of City Manager Tim Gleason, Tyus has been positioned in an expanded role over the last several years, having been more directly involved in the overall administrative operations of the city. During that time the City Manager, he and staff led the city’s ongoing Community Revitalization initiative as directed by the City Council and has been part of the bargaining team that established strategy for and successfully negotiated multi-year agreements with two of the three city bargaining units in conjunction with bargaining unit employees.
As Assistant City Manager for Development Services, Tyus managed a five-function division that included planning and zoning, neighborhood outreach, building inspections, economic development and communications. He and his team recruited, facilitated, were
involved with or moved to completion new economic and community investments totaling more than $100 million that led to hundreds of jobs being created or retained. He and his group along with the city’s Public Works and Finance Departments led implementation of the City’s $14 million Downtown Streetscape project and was integrally involved in negotiating agreements for the construction of the city’s fiber network and design of the zoning requirements for the community Lakeshore Landing lakefront development district.
Tyus also served as administrator for the city’s seven TIF districts and his department led implementation of what has been an overhauled single-stream recycling program that now has more than 50% local participation. He earned a certificate of completion from the Harvard Kennedy School of Local Government Senior Executives in State & Local Government program last summer and serves on several local boards including the Boys & Girls Club, Decatur Convention & Visitors Bureau and the United Way Board of Directors.
Tyus was a reporter for the Herald & Review newspaper in Decatur prior to joining the City.