City of Tyler solid waste director retires

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 4:12pm

After 26 years of service, Solid Waste Director Dan Brotton is retiring today. A celebration will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive.


Brotton has exemplified the City’s Called to S.E.R.V.E. motto by leading the Solid Waste Department’s efforts to pay off Solid Waste bonds, remaining debt free through today and rebuilding a commercial solid waste business in 1987. In 1992, he was instrumental in establishing a free recycling drop-off center and in 1995 he established the grassroots-based Keep Tyler Beautiful Program to promote anti-littering campaigns and waste reduction, along with beautification and education programs throughout Tyler. He created a garbage truck buy-back program so trucks are purchased and then sold back to the dealer after a 36-month period for nearly 75 percent of original cost. During this time the trucks are under factory warranty, greatly reducing maintenance costs to the City.


Brotton has been essential to ensuring that Tyler has landfill space for the next 100 years by purchasing land with future expansion in mind, creating a landfill trust fund by working with Republic Services, and securing a landfill expansion permit. He also teamed up with Republic Services and East Texas Renewables to construct a methane gas processing facility in which methane gas produced by the landfill is sold to heat houses.


Brotton’s influence on the City goes beyond Solid Waste. He coordinated the establishment of the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Department that led to a first of its kind partnership with Smith County and the 911 District. He started an amortization fund for City vehicle replacement in 1988 which was fully funded by 1996. He also implemented the aerial photography project, rebuilt the Code Enforcement Department and worked with the City’s fleet manager to launch a compressed natural gas facility.


“Dan has been a tremendous asset for the City of Tyler and we will miss his leadership,” said Mark McDaniel, Tyler City manager. “On a personal level, I will greatly miss his business acumen and his servant leader’s heart.”


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