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City Manager Walsh appoints new assistant city manager and several executives, reorganizes Transportation and Capital Improvements Department

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Published on Thursday, February 27, 2020

City Manager Walsh appoints new assistant city manager and several executives, reorganizes Transportation and Capital Improvements Department

CONTACT: Laura Mayes, 210-207-1337; 956-821-7925


SAN ANTONIO (February 27, 2020) — City Manager Erik Walsh announced today several executive appointments, including the promotion of David McCary to Assistant City Manager and the reorganization of the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department.


“David McCary is a dedicated public servant and a leader in every sense of the word,” said Walsh. “His accomplishments within Solid Waste have impacted all San Antonians, and I’m excited to see what he can do in other areas of the City organization.”


McCary has served as the Director of Solid Waste Management for the past 12 years. As a member of the Executive Team, he was instrumental in bringing automated cart collection services for recycling, organic, and trash collections to more than 355,000 San Antonio single family residential properties. In 2010, McCary developed the city’s first Recycling and Resource Recovery Plan in 2010. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from LeTourneau University, and he is a Certified Public Manager. As Assistant City Manager, McCary will oversee Solid Waste, Office of Sustainability, 311, Animal Care Services and Building and Equipment Services. Walsh converted the vacant Deputy City Manager position for this appointment.


Walsh appointed Deputy Director David Newman to Director of Solid Waste Management Department. David began his career with the City of San Antonio in 1997 as the Environmental Services Manager for the Department of Public Works. In 2009, he was appointed to Assistant Director Solid Waste Management Department and later promoted to Deputy Director of the department. In 2011, Mr. Newman successfully redesigned the brush and bulky waste collection program to improve environmental sustainability by increasing landfill diversion of brush materials. David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from West Texas State University and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science from The University of Texas at San Antonio.


The Transportation and Capital Improvements Department (TCI) will be reorganized into two departments, the Transportation Department and the Public Works Department. The Transportation Department will focus on transportation planning, transportation management, and emerging transportation systems. A national search for the new Transportation Department Director will begin next week and is expected to be completed this summer, in tandem with the reorganization.


“The Mayor and City Council have made clear they want to see transformational change when it comes to mobility in San Antonio,” said Walsh. “The Transportation Department will focus on improving mobility for all modes of transportation and will serve as the lead for carrying out the ConnectSA vision,” said Walsh.


The Public Works Department will focus on capital construction and maintenance of streets, traffic, and drainage infrastructure. The objective of this reorganization is to improve customer service and focus on project delivery. TCI contract services and procurement functions of will be centralized with other city procurement functions within the Finance Department, and transportation design reviews will move to the Development Services Department, providing and allowing the new Public Works Department to focus on delivery of projects.


Walsh has appointed Interim Director of TCI Razi Hosseini to Director of the Public Works Department. Hosseini has served the City of San Antonio for 27 years and has overseen the three largest Bond Programs in City of San Antonio history. He has been involved with the design and construction of several notable capital projects, including the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion, Alamodome renovations, construction of the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) at San Antonio International Airport, Terminal A renovations, Hausman Road improvements, Market Street realignment, and Pre-K4SA Facility projects. Hosseini holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Florida International University, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Land Surveyor.


Walsh also named Homer Garcia Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Homer has 18 years of experience working for the City of San Antonio, including previous assignments in the Animal Care Services and Human Services departments. During his tenure with the Parks and Recreation Department, Garcia has lead park operations, including daily park and trail maintenance, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, Urban Forestry, and Natural Areas operations. Garcia holds a Masters of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Texas State University.

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