After 25+ years of commitment to the City, City’s Public Services Department Director Bob Ryan is leaving. Bob began his tenure with the City of College Park as the Director of Public Services in 1998 and throughout his 25+ year career, he has been a dedicated representative of the City of College Park. Tomorrow, January 5, 2024, will be Bob’s last day in the office.

His leadership, institutional knowledge and guidance will be missed by employees and residents of College Park. His service to the City has been exemplary and worthy of special recognition. Here are a few of his accomplishments:

  • Bob ably served under 5 Mayors and 5 City Managers and during his tenure was dedicated to the City and its community
  • Bob’s commitment to public safety is evidenced by his membership in many national organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the Center for Campus Fire Safety, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Code Enforcement Zoning Officials Association, the Maryland State Fireman’s Association and the Maryland Municipal League Hometown Emergency Preparedness Ad Hoc Committee;
  • Bob is credentialed as a Special Assistant State Fire Marshal;
  • As Director, Bob brought his public safety expertise to the City of College Park, and was instrumental in developing City ordinances and programs to address the safety of off-campus housing, including retroactive sprinkler laws, secondary window egress, and enforcement of County Zoning laws;
  • Under Bob’s leadership, the City’s Code Enforcement programs received recognition and inspired higher standards for inspection programs across the county and state;
  • Bob’s efforts to implement (2004) and expand (2008) the City-wide Contract Police program, and his assistance in establishing a concurrent jurisdiction agreement between the County police and University of Maryland police in parts of the City, ensured comprehensive police coverage for City residents that would not otherwise have been available
  • Bob administered the programs for Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Parking Enforcement, Public Safety, Rent Stabilization, the initiation of the Speed Monitoring System program (2011), and Recreation and events (1998-2019);
  • Bob has been vital to the City’s relationships with key stakeholders including the University of Maryland, Prince George’s County, and other regional and national partners.