City Manager Announces New Director and Restructuring of Public Works/Streets Operations

Media Advisory

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – City Manager Peter Zanoni announces the appointment of a new Director, Richard Martinez, and the restructuring of the Public Works/Streets Department. Both actions will assist in the City having a high-quality streets program. The City Manager invites the local media for an interview opportunity today at 1:00pm at City Hall, 6th floor.

Richard Martinez, Director of Public Works/Street Operations

Richard will be responsible for the City’s street and road infrastructure, sidewalks, pavement markings, traffic signal systems, street signage, debris clearance, right-of-way mowing, and transportation planning. With his appointment, the Storm Water division is moving from the Water Utilities Department to the Public Works/Streets Department so that all aspects of managing our right-of-way will be under one Director. Albert Quintanilla will continue to serve the City and Public Works Department in an Assistant Director role. Richard’s first day and Albert’s new role will be effective on Monday, January 20, 2020.  

Richard has over 29 years of municipal government experience in public works departments in two large cities in Texas.  Richard most recently was the Assistant Transportation and Public Works Director for the City of Fort Worth where he oversaw the Streets and Storm Water Operations Division as well as the Traffic Management Division.  Before that, Richard worked for the City of San Antonio as the Public Works Operations Manager where he was responsible for administering an annual budget of approximately $70 Million dollars for street operations. 

Richard holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of the Incarnate Word and is halfway through completing his Master Degree in Business Administration. He also has received many honors for his accomplishments throughout his career and recently was named “Top Public Works Leader of the Year” for 2019 by the American Public Works Association’s Texas Chapter.

In addition, several business process changes will be implemented over time to include balancing of street work between contractors and City staff; using street applications and materials that are designed for an urban setting; providing City staff with more training of street maintenance processes; replacing outdated and repairing non-working equipment; creating a maintenance plan for concrete streets; having better timelines in delivering the annual street preventive maintenance program; developing a robust street sweeping program, and transferring the storm water functions to the Public Works/Streets Department.

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation, please call (361) 826-3312.


For more information media representatives may contact Communication & Intergovernmental Affairs Assistant Director, Tracey K. Cantu at 361.826.3312 or by email at