The City of Austin has identified Jorge Morales as the top candidate for the Director of the Watershed Protection Department (WPD). Mr. Morales will begin his new duties as the WPD Director on October 28, 2019.
Under the direction of Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano, the Director of the Watershed Protection Department is responsible for planning, directing, and providing leadership for department operations; this includes overseeing the activities involved in managing the City’s creeks, drainage systems, and water quality programs with a focus on reducing the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution. WPD supports the Safety strategic outcome and accomplishes its safety-related goals through programs focused on flood risk reduction, infrastructure maintenance, restoring erosion-damaged stream channels, and protecting water quality.
“I’m very happy to have Jorge join our team, his experience is a powerful asset to the work we do to protect our watershed and reduce the impact of flood, erosion and water pollution,” said Assistant City Manager Arellano.
Mr. Morales has 17 years of experience as a civil engineer in CIP project delivery and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager. He most recently served as the Assistant Director of Public Works at the City of Austin over Engineering and Project Delivery. He is a former Sergeant of Communications in the U.S. Army and remains an active servant leader. He has held multiple leadership and volunteer positions in his community including the Garland, TX Planning and Zoning Commission, professional development organizations, and as a school volunteer.
“I’m honored to return to the Watershed Protection Department where I started my engineering career as a student intern over 20 years ago. I look forward to working closely with all the dedicated employees at Watershed to protect and restore our incredible water resources and environment,” shared Mr. Morales.
Mr. Morales is a graduate from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas with a civil engineering degree and is currently completing an Executive Masters in Public Leadership from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
He and his wife of 21 years are proud parents of five sons. The family enjoys the many facets of living in the beautiful city of Austin.