Eureka Hires New City Manager



The city of Eureka announced today that is has hired William T. Panos, former West Sacramento director of public works, to be its next city manager, replacing David Tyson, who is retiring at the end of the year.

According to the Bill Panos page on, his previous experience includes working as an engineer at automotive/aerospace company TRW, two jobs in education administration and a stint as city manager in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Below you'll find the press release from the city:

The Eureka City Council is pleased to announce it has appointed William T. Panos to serve as city manager. Panos brings over three decades experience to the position.

Most recently, he was the director of public works for the City of West Sacramento, responsible for overseeing community infrastructure, engineering, public utilities and the Port of West Sacramento. As a member of the city's executive and budget teams, Panos directed city financial strategies, government relations and regional partnerships.

Panos was previously the school construction executive for the State of Washington where he directed capital finance, land use policy and local school construction throughout the state. He was responsible for creating a $600 million annual capital program and oversaw 2.9 million acres of state trust lands. Panos has also served with local government in Northern Idaho and Los Angeles, as special advisor to the chancellor of the California State University System and as toxics director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mr. Panos' public sector experience came after a successful career with the TRW Corporation in its defense, space and automotive business operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.  He was an advisor to President's Council on Sustainable Development under the Clinton Administration and his work received the TRW Chairman's Award for Innovation and the prestigious Harvard University-Ford Foundation Award for Innovations in American Government.

"After a comprehensive search, I am very pleased that we have found an outstanding candidate to serve as our city manager.  His experience in key positions with industry and public agencies is a strong asset to our city.  I look forward to working with him," said Mayor [Frank] Jäger. 

Mr. Panos is scheduled to start January 1.

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