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Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager

Rey Arellano

Rey Arellano was appointed Assistant City Manager in September 2013 and oversees the Public Safety group that includes Austin Code, Fire Department, Police Department, Office of the Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services, Community Court, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Before moving to Austin, Rey lived in Tacoma, Washington and was a Partner with Executive Timeslice, LLC in Redmond, Washington.

From 2006 through 2012, Rey served as Deputy City Manager & Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Tacoma, Washington. This included serving as Interim City Manager for a seven month period during which time he obtained City Council approval to implement a two phase plan to address a $31 million gap in a $399 million 2011-2012 biennial General Fund budget. His other major accomplishments included serving as the City’s lead in a multi-jurisdictional effort that led to the establishment of South Sound 911, a consolidated regional public safety communications dispatch center, and the establishment of an Office of Sustainability.

Prior to Tacoma, Rey served as Deputy City Manager and CIO for the City of San Diego.  His major accomplishments include the establishment of the City’s Office of Homeland Security, which emphasized the organization-wide nature of homeland security beyond the focus on first responders; and his work on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Data Processing Corporation (SDDPC) that resulted in closer alignment of technology services with the City’s departments, an increase in the Corporation’s operational effectiveness, and an increase in customer satisfaction ratings.  Rey also co-chaired with the SDDPC CEO a team of City and SDDPC representatives in an assessment of technology service delivery.

Previously, Rey served as Group Project Manager at Ryder System, Inc. where he implemented corporate-wide technology initiatives, such as the Year 2000 remediation of Ryder’s financial application and the implementation of SAP financial modules in Ryder’s international logistics subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.  Rey was also involved in several strategic initiatives, including the reorganization of the applications development and maintenance function.

Prior to joining Ryder System, Rey completed a 22-year career as a U.S. Navy Officer.  He served as a nuclear-trained Submarine Officer on various submarines and other staff assignments.  In his last tour of duty in the Navy, Rey served as Officer in Charge of the San Diego Detachment of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Norfolk.  In this position, he was responsible for the implementation and life cycle support of business and logistics software for over 700 Navy and Marine Corps sites in the Pacific Fleet.  Rey also served as Chief Staff Officer for Submarine Squadron Eleven in San Diego, CA, where he coordinated the consolidation of three separate staffs into one.

Rey earned a Master of Science in Information Management from Marymount University, Arlington, VA; and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

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