A civil and environmental engineer with more than 21 years of experience started yesterday as public works director, a new position for the City of Georgetown. Octavio Garza comes to Georgetown from the City of Waco where he had been the public works department director since 2014.
In Georgetown, Garza will oversee the City’s Street Maintenance, Transportation Planning, and Storm Water Drainage departments, in addition to the Georgetown Municipal Airport and solid waste and recycling services.
“Octavio brings a significant amount of quality experience to the City of Georgetown and is a great addition to lead the newly formed Public Works Division to meet the demands of our growing community,” says City Manager David Morgan.
In Waco, Garza was responsible for the city’s Engineering, Traffic, Streets, and Solid Waste departments, as well as the city’s digital mapping, development, and floodplain administration services. The Solid Waste department encompassed operating a city-owned municipal landfill.
Prior to Waco, Garza served for six years as city engineer and capital programs manager for the City of New Braunfels where he had oversight for developing and implementing an $87 million bond program. The bond program approved by voters in 2013 funded transportation, parks, and economic development projects. Garza also led the engineering division, negotiated professional services contracts, and managed the street maintenance program in New Braunfels.
Garza’s other experience includes management of capital projects and environmental investigations for the cities of San Antonio and San Marcos as well as serving as a project engineer for water and environmental projects for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the San Antonio River Authority.
Garza has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and civil engineering. Both degrees are from Texas A&M University in College Station. He also is a certified public manager and a certified floodplain manager.