On May 20, 2014, El Paso City Council unanimously voted to name Tommy Gonzalez as the next city manager for the City of El Paso, Texas. He will begin his employment on June 23. 2014 as El Paso’s second city manager.
Prior to his selection in El Paso, Mr. Gonzalez served in the private sector as well as city government . He has served in various roles throughout his extensive career that spans over 20 years. He served as the City Manager for the City of Irving, Texas from 2006 to 2013, as well as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas, Texas from 2005 to 2006 and as the City Manager for the City of Harlingen, Texas from 2004 to 2005. In addition, Gonzalez served the City of Lubbock, Texas from 1991 to 2004 in a variety of roles to include Interim City Manager, Deputy & Assistant City Manager, Assistant City Manager/Ports-to-Plains President, Managing Director of Civic Services, Assistant to the City Manager, City Council Chief of Staff, Budget Analyst, Assistant Director of Communication Services, Management Assistant in City Manager’s Office, and as a Graffiti Removal Coordinator. Mr. Gonzalez served in the U.S. Army for 22 years and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. In addition, he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the University of Texas at Austin.