Tyler Selects New City Manager

A new city manager for Tyler. Bob Turner was unanimously selected by the Tyler City Council out of 3 finalists. He has worked for the city for 22 years in various jobs. He feels it was that experience that set him apart.

Turner says he's excited and grateful for the opportunity saying it's something he's been working toward for several years. He calls it his dream job. "I would be perfectly content to stay right here till I retire, but I didn't come to this job to retire." Turner goes on to say, "No one will ever know when I am through. I'm going to be just like Pinkney Butler was. No one knew he was leaving until he left and I'm going to be the same way. I will give every ounce and bit of energy I've got to this city."

Turner says there are several key areas he will focus on first including: leadership development, the upcoming budget, developing the next 5- year plan for the city, and examining new opportunities for competitive contractual service delivery.

Turner replaces City Manager Pinkney Butler who retired April 30th after serving the city for 20 years. He said he looks forward to continuing Butler's Blueprint efforts to streamline departments and operate City government more like a business. "We've got a foundation poured that's excellent. It's firm. It's solid. It put us moving in the right direction. All I'm going to do is take that exact same blueprint and take it up another level and another notch with that particular plan that he put together." Turner adds, "That's what I want to do is put together a plan for this city so people say, 'Gosh, you know it looks good what he's got forecasted.' I want a plan that shows we're prepared for those major projects coming up out there. One that identifies the projects so we know how much money we'll be looking for in each fiscal year for the next five years. Those are extremely important when you're trying to put together a budget."

Turner assumes his new position immediately. "It is going to be an exciting time," Turner said. "There is a lot to do and I am ready to get to work."