Tonya Simmons, Division Chief, Baltimore Southeast Quadrant, Baltimore City Department of Public Works Bureau of Solid Waste, Maryland
Tonya R. Simmons currently serves as Division Chief of the Baltimore Southeast Quadrant, formerly known as the Special Services Division; since January 2016. Ms. Simmons is responsible for Street and Alley Cleaning, Graffiti Removal, Trash and Recycling Collection, Special Events, Corner Can Services, Vacant Lots and Vacant/Abandoned Property Cleaning/Cutting, Inner Harbor/Casino/Water way cleaning. Prior to being Division Chief of the Southeast Quadrant, Ms. Simmons was Division Chief of the Northeast Quadrant, formerly known as the Property Management Division; from May 2005 through January 2016. There, Ms. Simmons was responsible for the cleaning and mowing of Vacant Lots and Vacant/Abandoned Properties and Rat Eradication. Other titles Ms. Simmons has held are, Recycling Coordinator, Solid Waste Analyst, Management Support Tech, Recycling Program Technician and Office Assistant.
Ms. Simmons holds a B.S. degree from Coppin State College in Management Science, with a concentration in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Baltimore with a concentration in Marketing. Ms. Simmons has 20 years of Solid Waste experience. She has worked in or closely with every division of Solid Waste, including three years in the Bureau of Water and Wastewater with direct support and stat analysis for the Bureau Head of Water and Wastewater and three years in the Department of Transportation.
Throughout her 26 years of civil service Ms. Simmons has dealt with such issues as customer service, stat analysis, performance management, crew deployment, project management, budget, field operations, etc. Highlights during Ms. Simmons’ career are her pivotal roles in helping to develop and launch the 2007 Baltimore City Single Stream Recycling program, the 2013 launch of a City-wide Proactive Mowing program, and the 2014 launch of the Proactive Rat Abatement program.
Ms. Simmons’ past and present affiliations include: current Sigma Iota Epsilon Chapter Member—National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity, current member of the Solid Waste Association of North America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, past Mayor’s Commission on Sustainability (Commissioner)—City of Baltimore, past Maryland Recycling Network (MRN) Member, February 2007 feature in Waste News magazine for improvements in urban recycling, member of the coined “Divas of Debris” during Mayor Sheila Dixon’s Administration.