Fort Worth assistant city manager named finalist in El Paso

04/30/2014 4:58 PM

04/30/2014 7:47 PM

An assistant city manager for Fort Worth is one of four finalists for the city manager job in El Paso.

Fernando Costa is over infrastructure services in Fort Worth, which includes these departments: aviation, housing and economic development, planning and development, transportation and public works and water.

Costa, who has worked for the city since 1998, is also responsible for Fort Worth’s public art program.

“I’m happy in Fort Worth and I had not sought any other employment during my 16 years here. My expectation was that I would stay in Fort Worth and finish my career here,” Costa said. “I have said no to folks who have contacted me. In this case, I have been contacted by so many folks I thought it would be the right thing to consider.”

Costa said El Paso is an exciting opportunity for professionals in city government because it is growing rapidly, attracting investments, creating jobs and improving city infrastructure.

The finalists were announced Wednesday in an El Paso news release.

Another of the finalists, Tommy Gonzales, also has ties to Fort Worth.

Gonzales works for Sterling Construction Company Inc., as the general manager of the North Texas Division and as vice president for the company in Fort Worth.

The other two finalists, Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria and David Almonte, currently work for El Paso.

Joyce Wilson, the city manager of El Paso, was one of four finalists named in Fort Worth’s search for a city manger in February, but the Fort Worth City Council ultimately nixed all four candidates and started their search over.

Costa said he did not apply for the city manager position in Fort Worth.

Costa and the other finalists will be available for El Paso residents on May 7 for a “meet and greet” reception and interviews will be May 8.

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