Tommy Gonzalez hired as El Paso's new city manager
El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — It's official. Tommy Gonzalez has been hired as El Paso's next city manager. City council voted unanimously to hire the 47 year-old.
Gonalez will receive an annual base salary of $239,000, annual deferred compensation of $15,000, temporary housing assistance, and a $500 car allowance.
Gonzalez was selected out of 119 candidates. He was the only one of four finalists to have previous city manager experience. Gonzalez was the city manager of Irving, Texas from 2006 until 2013. He's also a Lieutentant Colonel in the Army.
His tenure as city manager of Irving was tumultuous. There were highs, including job growth and a ranking as the 5th safety city in the U.S. However, Gonzalez' detractors called him overpaid and a leader of questionable ethics.
He begins work in El Paso on June 23rd.