Tom Flinn, San Joaquin County’s public works director since 2001, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 19. He oversees public works’ 20 divisions and a staff of more than 380 people.
Flinn, who lives in the Victor area, has worked for the county for 23 years. He was initially hired as deputy director of engineering. He received American City and County Magazine’s Public Works Director of the Year, the San Joaquin Council of Governments’ Regional Excellence Award and, most recently, the County Engineers Association of California’s Engineer of the Year Award.
Flinn received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1969 at San Jose State College. He began his engineering career as an activity civil engineer with the U.S. Naval Public Works Center in Yokosuka, Japan. Flinn then worked in the private and public sectors, including Marin County and the Bay Area Transit District.
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