Former Irving city manager to take job in El Paso

Former Irving city manager, Tommy Gonzalez, was officially approved as the new City Manager for the city of El Paso, Texas during the city’s Wednesday night meeting.

Gonzalez had previously served as the city manager for the city of Irving from 2006 to 2013, as well as, an assistant city manager for the city of Dallas from 2005 to 2006 and as the city manager for the city of Harlingen from 2004 to 2005.

The new position places Gonzalez in a five-year contract with the city of El Paso, with a new annual salary of $238,959.82.

The El Paso city council stated that all of the applicants and finalists were exceptional, however, after more than twelve hours of interviews by the City Council, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the Employee Panel, it was agreed that Mr. Gonzalez had the qualifications, experience and knowledge to help the El Paso community continue to move forward and carry on the tremendous progress that has been accomplished to date.

The process to hire the city’s next city manager began in November when the El Paso city Council hired Affion Public to oversee the search and recruitment for the new city manager.

It was during that time that the consultants laid out a timeline that would deliver a new city manager to El Paso within approximately eight months. Mayor and city council, together with the community, worked hard to ensure the timeline was met

Gonzalez’s new position begins June 23, 2014.