Robert L. Moylan, Jr., P.E. is a board member of the Recycling Foundation and served as the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Parks for the City of Worcester Massachusetts for twenty-two years. He retired in 2014. As Commissioner, he was responsible for Worcester’s water, sewer and street systems, solid waste collection and disposal, municipal engineering, parks, recreation and public construction of schools and fire stations.
He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and has done postgraduate work at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was appointed Commissioner of Public Works in January 1993. During his tenure, he was recognized nationally for his innovative work reducing landfilled solid waste and increasing recycling by implementing a leading pay-as-you-throw trash program.
Mr. Moylan is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Land Surveyor. He has been published in American Public Works, World Wastes, American Water Works and Wastewater Environment Federation and is a frequent lecturer on public works and solid waste issues. In 1998, he was recognized as one of American Public Works Associations’ Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year from its over 29,000 members. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Public Works Association as well as the New England APWA, including President of the New England Chapter in 2009 and President of the APWA Transportation Committee. He is a founding member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship and was its first president. He also served on the Worcester Credit Union Board of Directors for over 35 years and as its President for 10 years. He has been a member of the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District Board of Directors for 26 years and its Chairman for 12 years. Mr. Moylan was recently appointed by Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors, which oversees all transportation related issues including highways, mass transit, aeronautics and registry of motor vehicles.
Mr. Moylan is now a consultant to both industry and government in matters involving public works.