DUBUQUE, Iowa – Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen has appointed Ryan Knuckey as director of the City’s transportation services department, which includes The Jule public transit division and the City’s parking utility division. Knuckey’s appointment is effective Monday, Oct. 11.
“Ryan brings a variety of transportation and management experience from the private sector,” said Van Milligen. “I am confident that he can build on the strong foundation we have in the transportation services department and introduce some innovations to take our transit and parking divisions to the next level. Please join me in welcoming Ryan to the transportation services department and the City of Dubuque.”
As director of transportation services, Knuckey will be responsible for coordinating the department’s day-to-day operations, managing multi-modal projects, and will lead policy development and planning for a balanced, safe, and efficient transportation system.
Knuckey served as corporate transportation manager for Flexsteel Industries from November 2014 to October 2020, overseeing nine shipping locations across the US and Mexico. His responsibilities also included managing common carrier contracts, leases for equipment parking and storage facilities, and up to a $25 million budget for new equipment, equipment maintenance, fuel, technology, and staffing.
Prior to joining Flexsteel, Knuckey spent two years (2012-2014) as fleet manager for Foodliner (McCoy Group) in Dubuque where he managed two terminals with a fleet of over 30 tractor trailers and more than 50 loads per day and handled contract negotiations and daily billing. From 2004 to 2012, Knuckey was the owner/operator of Knuckey Excavating Inc. in Stockton, Ill. The company’s work included residential and commercial projects and he managed crews of 15-35, coordinated sub-contractors, was responsible for estimates and bidding, and served as safety coordinator for multiple job sites. Knuckey holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Knuckey will replace Russ Stecklein who has served as interim director of transportation services since Renee Tyler resigned to become director of community services for the City of Eau Claire, Wis. Stecklein will assume the role of operations supervisor-parking. Jodi Johnson will continue in the role as operations supervisor-transit.
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