Tom Flinn’s accomplishments include overseeing county roads and repairing BART's metro rail tube under S.F. Bay
Public works director looks forward to farm life after 34 years
Tom Flinn, San Joaquin County public works director the past nine years, will retire this month after 34 years of service with the county.
- Tom Flinn at a glance
Born: San Francisco; moved to Sausalito in
Education: 1961 graduate of Lowell High School
in San Francisco; Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1969
at San Jose State College.
Military service: U.S. Navy, where he said he
received outstanding training in management skills. He was activity
civil engineer at the Navy's public works center in Yokosuka,
Career: Bay Area Rapid Transit District; Marin
County assistant public works director; San Joaquin County Public
Works Department since 1987. Was deputy engineering director and
assistant public works director before assuming the director's role
Awards: American City and County Magazine's
Public Works Director of the Year; San Joaquin Council of
Governments' Regional Excellence Award; County Engineers
Association of California's Engineer of the Year Award.
Family: His wife, Sykes-Adell Flinn, died a
year and a half ago; he has two stepsons and three
— Source: Tom Flinn, Public Works Administrative Coordinator
Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 6:39 am, Tue Jan 4, 2011.
Tom Flinn will turn 66 years old in February, but he hasn't
taken more than a week's vacation since he was in high school.
He figures it's about time, so Flinn announced his retirement as
San Joaquin County's public works director. His last day is Jan.
18. After that, he will settle on his 18-acre ranch in Victor with
Flash, his Jack Russell terrier.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:39 am.