The longtime director of public works for Tallahassee, Fla., on Monday began his duties in the same capacity in League City.
Gabriel Menendez, as public works director, will oversee street maintenance, stormwater management, traffic operations, wastewater treatment and facilities maintenance, among other duties. The job pays $135,000 a year, according to the city.
He also will play a key role in helping steer League City’s long-range “Roadmap to the Future” development plan, along with other department heads.
“Having a clear vision is important, and the road map provides that,” he said. “It’s a matter of working through the process and implementing it. It won’t happen overnight.”
Menendez was one of three finalists for the League City position, which had been vacant since late May.
Menendez began working for the Florida capital’s public works department in 2001 and was named director two years later.
“There’s a lot going on here,” he said Monday after being given a tour of his new hometown. “I think League City’s future is going to be very bright, and my role is to help manage that from a public works standpoint.”
League City’s former public works director, Rick Harrah, stepped down May 23 after a brief tenure.
Menendez, who holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas, formerly worked as a traffic engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation.
He has more than 30 years of experience in public works.
The 56-year-old Menendez is married and has four adult children.
“American City and County” magazine in 2013 named him a public leader of the year in recognition of his work on Tallahassee’s revitalization project.