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Mario D'Agostino

Deputy City Manager, City of El Paso, USA

Mario D’Agostino, with more than 30 years of public service experience, is the Deputy City Manager of Public Health and Safety for the City of El Paso, Texas, the 21st largest city in the United States and the largest metropolitan area along the Texas-Mexico border.

As a critical member of the El Paso executive leadership team, D’Agostino has led the region’s response to several community emergencies, including the August 3, 2019, hate-motivated mass shooting, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the migrant surges impacting the nation’s southern border.

Under his guidance, the City of El Paso continues to work proactively to assist migrants with sheltering and getting them to their next destination while ensuring that the health and safety of the El Paso community are maintained. The migration surges have been dynamic, with people from all over the world crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into El Paso from Cuidad Juárez. During the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, D’Agostino’s leadership was instrumental in the border community ranking among the cities in the nation with the highest vaccination rates.

D’Agostino oversees approximately a third of the City’s workforce, including the Office of Emergency Management, Police, Fire, Public Health, the 911/311 Call Centers, Animal Services, Municipal Courts, and Code Enforcement. Before being named Deputy City Manager, D’Agostino served as Chief of the El Paso Fire Department, which has consistently earned an ISO Class 1 rating for its fire protection services.

D’Agostino earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is an Ex-Officio Board Member of the El Paso Chapter of the American Red Cross and an active member of the Board of Directors for the El Paso 911 District. He has earned numerous recognitions throughout his public service career, most recently the Texas Emergency Management Leadership Award and the Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian of the Year Award through Project Amistad.