Khalil Zaied, a longtime engineer, joined the City of El Paso in June 2016 as Deputy City Manager of Public Works and Transportation

He came to El Paso from the City of Baltimore where he served as the Deputy City Mayor of Operations, a position he was appointed to by the Mayor of Baltimore.

Zaied oversees the departments of Capital Improvement, Streets and Maintenance, Environmental Services and Mass Transit - Sun Metro, and serves as the liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and utilities.

As the Deputy City Mayor of Operations for the City of Baltimore, Mr. Zaied lead the City’s daily operations and oversees many of its major initiatives, including the Department of Public Works, Department of Transportation and the Department of General Services and Parking Authority, among others. In that capacity, he led many of the initiatives for the Mayor of Baltimore including Public-Private Partnerships, municipal advertisements and the constant drive to promote the Red Line rail project. In 2010, he was appointed to lead one of Baltimore’s largest and most dynamic agencies, the Department of Transportation.

Mr. Zaied has also served as head of General Services and established the first building assessment and occupancy program for the City, expanded the role of the Energy office beyond buildings, and instituted the Envista program to better manage the permitting process. Other roles in government include; Director of Planning, Design and Construction for Baltimore City Schools, Chief of Conduits, and Chief of Highways. He also served as a commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern Affairs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.

Reporting Departments


Parks & Recreation
Street and Maintenance

Capital Improvement Program
Environmental Services
Mass Transit

Liaison to

Metropolitan Planning Organization
Public Service Board
Regional Mobility Authority