Transportation expert Jim Ortbal and community-minded leader Angel Rios appointed to Deputy City Manager positions in the City Manager’s Office
SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 9, 2018) – City Manager David Sykes has promoted Jim Ortbal and Angel Rios, Jr. each to Deputy City Manager, filling key positions on his Executive Leadership Team, effective July 30.
Ortbal is a 29-year veteran with the City and currently serves as the Director of the Transportation Department, overseeing 475 employees, an $100 million operating budget and a more than $260 million capital budget. He is the strategic leader behind San José’s 2,400-mile roadway network and associated infrastructure systems including pavement, traffic signals, streetlights, signs/markings, landscapes/sidewalks, parking, and sanitary and storm sewers. Prior to being named Director in 2015, he was the department’s Assistant Director since 2003, functioning as the Chief Operating Officer, and overseeing planning, operations, and maintenance, coordinating effective and efficient service delivery, and ensuring sound financial and human resource management.
Angel Rios, Jr., is a community-minded and entrepreneurial leader with 25 years of professional experience working in both the public and non-profit sectors. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department where he is responsible for the administration of 207 parks, 11 community centers, 42 reuse facilities, 60 miles of trails, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, more than 700 positions, and an approximately $88 million operating budget and over $196 million capital budget. Prior to joining the City of San José, Angel served as the Associate Director of the largest Latino-based non-profit in Santa Clara County, where he led the construction of a multi-purpose youth center in the city’s east side and was instrumental in the development of several award-winning gang prevention programs.
“San José is growing, and moving toward a more urban environment,” said David Sykes, City Manager. “With this growth comes many of the complex problems that other major cities are facing, such as updating our traditional infrastructure into 21st century infrastructure, or responding to the housing crisis and homelessness. Jim’s relentless dedication to continuous improvement and Angel’s passion for our community will help the City address challenges such as these in a strategic and mindful manner.”
“I am pleased that Jim and Angel will be joining the City’s Executive Leadership Team,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Jim and Angel both bring decades of experience and have risen through the ranks of the organization – having first joined the City of San Jose as an analyst and a recreation superintendent. Thanks to their leadership, we’ve taken important steps to improving our roadways, infrastructure systems, parks, community centers and trails, and I look forward to working with both of them in their new roles.”
The Deputy City Manager position plays an important role in the leadership of the City, and Ortbal and Rios will serve as key advisors to the City Manager, supporting him in driving priorities forward. They also will be responsible for assisting the City Manager through the coordination and engagement of a portfolio of departments to carry out City Council policy direction, and ensure service delivery goals.
“It has been an honor to lead the City’s focused effort to address its transportation infrastructure challenges and future needs,” said Ortbal. “We’ve made tremendous progress in the areas of safety and streets, building better bikeways, and reducing our reliance on vehicle use. Now I look forward to contributing to the City’s urban development objectives in a new capacity, especially as Diridon Station is slated to add BART and High Speed Rail, expanding our transportation infrastructure to support the City’s future.”
Ortbal was raised in San José and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and bachelor’s degree from San José State University. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the National Association of City Transportation Officials, and serves on the Downtown San José Property Owners Association Board of Directors.
“I am thrilled to have led the update to the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department’s strategic plan, Greenprint, to guide the City’s innovative approaches to serving our San José youth, adults and disabled persons at parks, community centers and trails,” said Rios. “I look forward to continuing to engage the San José community through fun in my new capacity so we can continue to connect residents to each other and to San José’s public spaces.”
Born and raised in San José, Rios holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in political science and government. He has served as one of the chief architects of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, an anti-violence effort that has received national acclaim for its effectiveness in redirecting kids away from gangs and keeping neighborhoods safe, and was an appointed member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Board (CalGRIP). He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley and has assisted the White House and the Office of the Attorney General to launch a “National Youth Violence Prevention Forum.”
About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.