City Administrator

Gabriel Gonzalez

Gabriel Gonzalez

Gabriel Gonzalez comes to Gilroy with excellent experience and skills as a strong leader; most notably his city manager experience with the cities of Rohnert Park and Mendota.  He has over 20 years experience working in local government. Gabriel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from National University and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Fresno.

Gabriel is excited about this opportunity to serve the Gilroy community and is looking forward to the professional challenges this position will bring.  

City Administrator Overview

The City Administrator is the Chief Executive Officer and head of the administrative branch of the city government. The chief is appointed by and responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the city. They also ensure that the laws of the state pertaining to the city, the provisions of City Charter and the ordinances of the city are enforced.

The Chief City Administrator is empowered and required to take a continuing interest in the effectiveness and economy of all administrative arrangements. One responsibility is forming a cohesive basis of employees from which city policies, procedures, rules and regulations are both promulgated and followed.


The primary roles of the City Administrator are:
  • Charged with the formation of the council’s legislative agenda and working with the Mayor and Council Members to identify and address issues of community-wide concern
  • Oversee City departments: Police, Fire, Community Development, Community Services, Finance, and Administration
  • Oversee the City’s $120 million budget and development of the annual financial statement audit
  • Attend meetings of the City Council and participate in the council’s deliberations, but not vote
  • Gilroy’s Director of Emergency Services, coordinating the readiness of the city to respond to natural and man-made disasters