On May 20, 2014, El Paso City Council unanimously voted to name Tommy Gonzalez as El Paso’s second city manager. He began his tenure with the City on June 23, 2014.
Mr. Gonzalez has extensive experience in management and a distinguished public and private sector career that spans more than 20 years. He accepted the role as City Manager in El Paso after serving as City Manager for the City of Irving, Texas, for seven years. Under his leadership, the City of Irving received the 2011 Texas Award for Performance Excellence and the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. Prior to working in Irving, he was an Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas, Texas, the City Manager for the City of Harlingen, Texas and the Interim City Manager for the City of Lubbock, Texas. In Lubbock, he also served in a variety of roles to include Deputy and 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 also has a notable military career. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He 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.