College Park Selects New City Manager

College Park Selects New City Manager
Posted on 01/19/2022


City of College Park, GA Selects New City Manager

After Nationwide Search


College Park, GA (January 19, 2022) - The City of College Park, GA announced today that Darnetta Tyus has been named its new City Manager.

During a City Council work session on January 18, Tyus was unanimously named to the top post, beginning February 21.                                                             

Ms. Tyus most recently served as the Deputy City Manager of Community Affairs for the City of Petersburg, Virginia, overseeing several departments including Economic Development, Social Services, Public Works, Community Corrections, Juvenile Crime Control, Library Services, Volunteerism, Special Events & Recreation Programs, Veterans Center, Dogwood Trace Golf Course, and Workforce Development. She also is responsible for reengineering the citys social service delivery performance, re-establishing its defunct Office of Tourism, partnering with state officials as the Citys point of contact for COVID-19 recovery activities for the city of Petersburg, and most significantly helping to elevate the citys bond rating from BBB- to A+.

College Park Mayor Bianca Motley Broom stated, We are pleased to welcome Ms. Tyus to the City of College Park to serve as our new City Manager. Her distinguished career in public service has allowed her to come to our city with a wealth of experience in finance, community development and economic development. She has the full support of Mayor and Council, and we look forward to the great strides College Park will make under her leadership.”

Tyus, a native of Chicago, IL, comes to College Park with more than thirty years of experience working with federal, state, and local government programs. Prior to her engagement in Petersburg, Virginia, Ms. Tyus managed community outreach and engagement for the District of Columbias D.C.s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, playing a crucial role in garnering support for major redevelopment projects, i.e., business development, neighborhood revitalization, and job creation in District of Columbia. Most notably, she led the efforts for the final negotiations for the St. Elizabeths East Campus 183-acre Redevelopment Master Plan, which was implemented and resulted in generating millions of dollars in revenue by construction of the Mystic Arena/Wizards training facility and the Gateway Pavilion, as well as repurposing historic facilities. Ms. Tyus also served as Washington D.C.s Deputy Chief Operations Officer for the State Superintendent of Education.

Interim City Manager, Mercedes Miller said of the development, While I was eager to help the city, our residents and staff by temporarily stepping into the City Manager position, I am thrilled to be able to return to my first love, hospitality, and my position as Executive Director at the Georgia international Convention Center. I welcome Ms. Tyus and have complete confidence that she is the right leader for College Park. I look forward to supporting her in any way I can.”

Ms. Tyus said of her appointment, "I am excited for the opportunity to serve with the Mayor, Council and city staff in making the city of College Park a model city to live, work and do great business in." 

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