Tomball City Council appoints interim city manager, assistant city manager

Then-Assistant City Manager David Esquivel speaks at the memorial service for the late City Manager Rob Hauck on March 19. City Council appointed Esquivel interim city manager April 5. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Then-Assistant City Manager David Esquivel speaks at the memorial service for the late City Manager Rob Hauck on March 19. City Council appointed Esquivel interim city manager April 5. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Then-Assistant City Manager David Esquivel speaks at the memorial service for the late City Manager Rob Hauck on March 19. City Council appointed Esquivel interim city manager April 5. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tomball City Council members unanimously voted April 5 to appoint former Assistant City Manager David Esquivel as the city's interim city manager following the death of City Manager Rob Hauck on March 13. Hauck served in the role from April 2018 until his death.

Prior to his appointment as assistant city manager in 2018, Esquivel had served as Tomball's director of public works since 2015, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

With Esquivel appointed interim city manager, council members also unanimously voted to appoint Police Chief Jeffrey Bert as interim assistant city manager.

Mayor Gretchen Fagan said Bert will also retain his role of police chief.

Bert was appointed chief of the Tomball Police Department in June 2020, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Bert previously served in the Los Angeles Police Department.


Fagan said April 5 a search has not yet begun to hire a permanent city manager but that one is expected to begin soon.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.