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The Detroit Building Authority Board today voted unanimously to appoint Tyrone Clifton to serve as director of the DBA. He was nominated earlier this week by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Clifton, 48, a Detroit resident, has spent 14 years at the DBA, most recently as superintendent of capital projects serving as the city’s senior construction projects manager.

In his time with the DBA, Clifton oversaw the successful completion of Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, a $55 million project, and the construction and renovation of recreation centers, police precincts and fire stations throughout the City.

As director of the DBA, Clifton will continue to supervise all construction activities in the city, including upcoming projects such as the Dept. of Public Works Street Maintenance Facility, Real Time Crime Center and the new 8th Precinct. The DBA will continue to play an active role in the city’s demolition program, the largest in the country. The City of Detroit has torn down 8,800 blighted homes since Mayor Duggan took office in 2014, helping to improve the safety, property values and quality of life of its neighborhoods.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve as director of the Detroit Building Authority,” Clifton said. “As a Detroiter, I’m proud to continue to build first class facilities for Detroit’s employees and work to remove blight from our neighborhoods.”

“Tyrone has done an excellent job in managing the building projects at the DBA,” Mayor Duggan said. “He has the experience and the leadership skills to do a great job running the Building Authority”.

In October, 2015, David Manardo was promoted to the cabinet position of Group Executive of Operations, overseeing demolition and infrastructure initiatives across all city agencies. Manardo continued to serve in a second position as DBA Director, doing both jobs. Clifton’s promotion will allow Manardo to focus all of his efforts on the Group Executive of Operations role. Manardo now has citywide responsibility, coordinating all demolition and infrastructure projects across multiple departments and agencies, including General Services, Parks and Recreation, Department of Public Works, Public Lighting Authority, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and the Detroit Building Authority.

“Any city project that reshapes the landscape of Detroit will now be coordinated through a central office headed by Dave Manardo,” Duggan said. “For the first time in many years, all city departments and agencies will work together on every public investment project.”

The DBA board voted on Clifton’s nomination during its board meeting this Thursday.

Clifton will be paid $140,000 a year.

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