The Las Vegas City Council has unanimously approved the contract of Chief Operations and Development Officer Jorge Cervantes to become the city’s next City Manager. The Oct. 7, 2020 vote clears the way for him to become Las Vegas’ next city manager on Nov. 15, 2020. Cervantes has been with the city for 22 years.
On Sept. 2, Cervantes was selected by the City Council from a pool of four internal candidates, including Chief Public Safety Services Officer Tim Hacker, Chief Community Services Officer Lisa Morris-Hibbler and Executive Director of Community Development Tom Perrigo. In making the decision, the City Council stressed that all four candidates were exemplary and all are very capable of running the city.
As Chief Operations and Development Officer, Cervantes oversees the departments of Operation and Maintenance, Parks and Recreation, Economic and Urban Development, Public Works, Planning and Building and Safety.
He previously served as the director of Public Works from 2008 to 2014, before being named executive director of Community Development. Cervantes began his career with the city in 1998 as a project engineer. Subsequently, he was promoted to assistant city traffic engineer, city engineer and Public Works deputy director.
Cervantes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is licensed as a professional engineer in the states of Nevada and Texas, and was one of the first in Nevada to be registered as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.
Cervantes takes over from current City Manager Scott Adams, who is retiring after 16 years with the city of Las Vegas. Adams has served as city manager since July 2017.