Concord, Calif. (December 19, 2021) — Concord City Manager Valerie Barone announced that William “Will” Tarbox has been hired to as the City’s public works director. His first day was Dec. 13.
As Concord’s public works director, Tarbox will be in charge of the City’s infrastructure maintenance responsibilities (roads, trees, buildings, medians, sewer, storm water, parks), overseeing a team of 75 employees. He replaces Justin Ezell who was named assistant city manager in July.
“With extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Will brings strong leadership skills, broad expertise and a commitment to strengthening Concord’s Public Works Department,” Barone said.
Tarbox (pronounced “Tar-bo”) recently served as the public works director for the City of Benicia, where he managed five divisions including a maintenance division (streets, fleet, water distribution, collections, traffic), administration, engineering, and two utility enterprise divisions (water and wastewater). Prior to Benicia, Tarbox worked for the City and County of San Francisco for 12 years as superintendent of the structural maintenance and infrastructure division in the recreation and parks department.
A self-described process engineer and construction and public works professional, Tarbox has partnered for more than 20 years with private industry and public institutions at the executive staff level to bring about positive and productive results. He is proud to have begun his career while attending college. His first assignment was as an operating engineer and truck driver, for which he still holds professional licensing and certifications.
Tarbox holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco and is certified and/or licensed in process engineering, project management and general engineering.
Will is a fourth generation San Franciscan who currently resides in Benicia with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys martial arts and cooking.