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Michael C. Van Milligen  
City Manager's Office
Title: City Manager
Phone: 563.589.4110


Michael C. Van Milligen has served as City Manager for the City of Dubuque since January of 1993. Van Milligen served as the assistant village manager for the Village of Skokie, Ill., from May 1987 to January 1993.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in Fire Science Management and Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University, where he earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs. Additionally, he completed the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, described as “The Essence of an MBA.” He also completed the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar.

Van Milligen served as a Regional Vice President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) from 2006-2009. In 2003, Van Milligen was named the Outstanding Manager of the Year by the ICMA. This award recognizes a local government administrator who has initiated and implemented creative, innovative projects and programs in the management of his or her community. In 2004, he was featured as part of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government “Innovators in Public Service” Series.

Van Milligen was named Manager of the Year in September 2007 by the Iowa City/County Management Association. This annual award honors chief administrators whose accomplishments and superior work performance represent the best possible application of management principles and whose creative contributions to professional local government management increases public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in Iowa communities.

In September 2009, the Novogradac Community Development Foundation named Van Milligen its Public Executive of the Year. This annual award is presented to one public executive who has had a particularly strong impact on the field of community development.

In November 2010, Van Milligen was named a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow by the Academy’s board of directors. The National Academy of Public Administration was created by Congress to help public sector leaders meet the important and varied management challenges of today and anticipate those of the future. Through the trusted and experienced leaders that comprise its 680 Fellows and direct its projects and services, the National Academy improves the quality, performance and accountability of government.  

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