El Paso, TX (KDBC) — It's official. El Paso has hired a new City Manager. Tommy Gonzalez will take the reigns as City Manager on June 23rd. City Representatives unanimously approved his hire despite two reps previous reservations. Reps. Cortney Niland and Michiel Noe said on Monday they wouldn't hire Gonzalez until they were assured council didn't break the law when council decided behind closed doors to hire the 47-year-old. It appears they were reassured as council did vote unanimously Tuesday to hire him.
The former Irving, Texas City Manager will make a little more than $239,000 a year. Gonzalez told us his family is currently looking at schools and homes so they can make their move to El Paso.
His contract is set for the next five years. In addition to his salary, he'll also receive a $2,500 a month housing allowance during his first six months as City Manager.
In his position as Irving's City Manager, there was job growth and the city's ranking as the 5th safest city in the U.S.. but there were also claims he was overpaid and held questionable ethics. "I'm not here to... I mean, I don't think it's a popularity contest. I think that what I had done in my career is not talk about a moral courage but I've walked in those footsteps," Tommy Gonzalez explained.
He was chosen out of 119 candidates and is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel.
He will replace Joyce Wilson who has served as the city's first ever City Manager since 2004 who stated at the meeting her tenure as City Manager was "A very painful labor of love."
Deputy City Manager Sean McGlynn will serve as interim City Manager until June 23rd.