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David Gonzales

Public Health Director

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 as the TSA-S HPP Coordinator, David joined the team at Victoria Office of Emergency Management as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Victoria County 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.

In April of 2019, David accepted the position as Director of the Victoria County Public Health Department (VCPHD) where he led the team through the COVID-19 pandemic response conducting thousands of case investigations, educating and updating the public on the ever changing situation, and overseeing the administration of approximately 50,000 COVID vaccines with the help of numerous community partners and agencies. Currently, he oversees the daily operations and activities of approximately 20 state and federal grants and 10 divisions focusing on providing essential public health services to our community.