David Gonzales - Director, Victoria Public Health Department
David was born and raised in Victoria where he graduated from Victoria High School in 1997. Following high school, he attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi where he graduated Cum Laude and earned a B.S. in Kinesiology. He then went on to attend Texas A&M University in College Station where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Kinesiology in 2003.
Upon returning to Victoria in 2004, David accepted a position at the Victoria City-County Public Health Department where he would go on to serve as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for seven years. In 2012, he accepted the position as the Trauma Service Area – S Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Coordinator for the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC). As TSA-S HPP Coordinator, David directed regional emergency preparedness and response activities for the 10 hospitals in the Golden Crescent Region.
After serving for three years the TSA-S HPP Coordinator, David joined the team at Victoria Office of Emergency Management as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City and County of Victoria in 2015. In his role as Deputy EMC, he would assist in the development, implementation, coordination, and maintenance of emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation plans, exercises, procedures, and programs. David also served as chairs for both the Mid-Coast Hurricane and Disaster Conference Planning Committee and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). During Hurricane Harvey, David served alongside the EMC as the Emergency Operations Center managers during the Harvey response, and played an integral role in the continued recovery efforts to the disaster.
David then took the various experiences, knowledge and working relationships acquired from the 14 years in emergency preparedness, management and response and accepted the position as Director of the Victoria County Public Health Department in April of 2019.