About the City Manager
Thomas Esqueda is responsible for leading the implementation of public policy priorities adopted by the Mayor and City Council. Tommy works with City staff and community stakeholders to optimize city operations, improve customer service, improve program and service quality, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of program and service delivery.
During Tommy’s 32-year professional career, he has worked for local governments as either a private-sector consultant or executive-level Department Director. Most recently, Tommy served as Fresno State University’s first-ever Associate Vice-President for Water and Sustainability, and before that served as the City’s Director of Public Utilities.
Tommy has experience working with local governments across the nation on strategic planning and organizational strengthening; employee leadership and development; financial management and planning; economic development planning; capital program planning and implementation, and operations optimization. Mr. Esqueda offers the City a unique blend of private-sector business expertise and public policy implementation expertise.
Tommy was born in Sanger, California. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from San Jose State University and remains a licensed professional engineer in multiple states.
He is married and has two children and one grandchild. He enjoys travel.