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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 Services group. 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. From 2002 through 2006, Rey served as Deputy City Manager & CIO for the City of San Diego, California.

Rey completed a 22‐year career as a U.S. Navy Officer, serving 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. He 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.

Public Safety Group

  • Austin Code Department
  • Downtown Austin Community Court
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Department
  • Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Office of the Medical Director
  • Police Department
  • Executive liaison to Municipal Court Clerk and Director of the Office of Police Oversight