City of Fresno Announces New Director of Public Utilities
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that Thomas C. Esqueda has been named the City of Fresno’s new Director of Public Utilities, effective June 16, 2014.

“Thomas Esqueda has proven leadership and experience in managing large-scale water, wastewater, and solid waste systems and projects for local governments,” City Manager Bruce Rudd said. “As a successful engineer specializing in water, wastewater, and solid waste facilities, I am confident in his ability to continue providing our residents and businesses with high quality service and lead community investments such as pipeline and water treatment facilities to ensure our city’s water future.”

Mr. Esqueda was most recently the project manager and client services manager for the engineering consulting firm Brown and Caldwell in Raleigh, North Carolina. While at Brown and Caldwell, Mr. Esqueda contributed to expanding the firm’s local government and management practice sector. During his 26-year professional career, Mr. Esqueda has been successful in managing environmental engineering programs and projects for four of the largest consulting firms in the United States including Black & Veatch, CH2MHILL, Camp, Dresser & McKee, and Brown and Caldwell.

His government experience includes four years as the Director of Environmental Services for Wake County Government in Raleigh, North Carolina. As Director, Mr. Esqueda was responsible for programs and services focused on public health protection, animal care and welfare, wastewater management, groundwater management, and solid waste services for the approximate 1 million residents of the County. While serving as the Director, Mr. Esqueda was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve as a Commissioner for the State of North Carolina Sediment Control Commission.

As the City of Fresno’s Director of Public Utilities, Mr. Esqueda will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, and long-range planning of water, wastewater, and solid waste.

Mr. Esqueda has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Oregon and North Carolina.