City Manager

The City of Dubuque has operated under the Council-Manager form of government since 1920. This system combines the strength of an elected Mayor and City Council with a Professional Manager and staff. Read more about Dubuque’s city government.


The City Manager plans, organizes and manages all activities of the City organization so as to provide leadership so that all City Council priorities, policies and programs are successfully implemented and effectively managed.  This includes the City Council Policy Agenda and Management Agenda to assure quality public services are responsive to the citizens and that we operate as a High Performing Organization.

The City Manager is responsible for:

  • Making recommendations to the Council, which the Council may accept, reject, or modify. The City Manager must then implement any action taken by the Council
  • Making budget recommendations to the City Council
  • Overseeing nearly 30 department and division managers, who supervise more than 500 employees

Michael C. Van Milligen

Michael Van Milligen

Success is about People, Planning and Partnerships.


  • Establish a culture of quality customer service and deliver services that exceed citizen expectations.
  • Invest in staff development to improve leadership capacity and increase leadership effectiveness.
  • Attract, engage and retain a high quality, creative and diverse workforce.
  • Promote and invest in employee health and safety.


Work with all City departments and divisions to perform the duties and responsibilities specified in the City Charter to ensure economic prosperity, environmental/ecological integrity and social/cultural vibrancy exist throughout the community and are incorporated into daily activities.


  • Develop and foster over 50 Local, State, Regional, Federal and National partnerships to implement the City Council’s community vision.
  • Increase citizen engagement in local governance processes
  • Develop team-processes that lead to innovative solutions for community challenges and opportunities

View information on property taxes, City budget, utility rates and fees, and debt reduction plan.

Contact Us

  1. Michael C. Van Milligen  |  email
    City Manager

    Cori Burbach  |  email
    Assistant City Manager

    City Hall
    50 W. 13th St., Dubuque, IA 52001
    Phone: 563.589.4110
    TDD/TTY: 563.690.6678
    Fax: 563.589.4149
    Staff Directory

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.