The City of El Paso recently announced the appointment of longtime City of El Paso engineer Sam Rodriguez as the new City Engineer and Capital Improvement Department Director.
Rodriguez, a professional engineer with approximately 20 years of diverse public and private experience, replaces Andy Goh, who recently resigned citing family reasons and choosing to relocate back to Arizona.
“Sam Rodriguez brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to his new role that will allow us to provide the continuity necessary to deliver on the City’s nearly billion dollars in capital investments from quality of life bonds to our transportation infrastructure,” said Ted Marquez, El Paso’s Interim Deputy City Manager.
“He joined our organization over a decade ago and has been a critical member of our management team. Today, we are able to capitalize on our own talent and professionals using the City’s strategic plan, which has set the foundation we needed to retain and promote a skilled workforce. Sam’s high level of expertise makes him the prime appointment to oversee our capital program. This is an excellent example of growing our own and the strength of our succession plan.”
Rodriguez most recently served as Assistant Director of Aviation at the El Paso International Airport where he oversaw facility maintenance operations and the development of the airport’s capital improvement program and major airport projects, such as the airport’s Rental Car Center and runway rehabilitation projects.
He came to El Paso from the City of Big Bear Lake in California, where he served as the City Engineer. He began his professional career working in the private sector working for AECOM (formerly URS) and Atkins (formerly PBS&J) focusing on highway design and land development. The fact that Rodriguez brings a private and public sector mentality; he is able to hit the ground running with the external and internal stakeholders.
In 2006, Rodriguez relocated to Texas when he accepted a position as the City of El Paso Engineering Division Manager for the Capital Improvement Department, then the Engineering Department. Upon arriving in El Paso he was a critical member of the engineering team leading the development of major programs, such as the 2006 Storm Recovery program, the Airport Capital Improvement Program, and joint projects with the Texas Department of Transportation.
This opportunity speaks directly to our succession planning program that really focuses on developing our talent internally so when opportunities present themselves, we can move quickly. Rodriguez will be working off a 100-day plan that will focus on the effective delivery of our capital improvement program.
Rodriguez holds Professional Engineer licenses in the states of Texas and California. He is a certified Floodplain Manager, Accredited in the Congress of New Urbanism, and a member of the American Association of Airport Executives organization. He has been recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year by the local chapter of the Texas Professional Engineers organization.
He served in the U. S. Marine Corps and is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University where he earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering.