Jim Sandoval was appointed Chula Vista City Manager in December 2008. Sandoval, who served five years as Chula Vista’s Planning & Building Director, stepped in during one of the most challenging economic times for the City. To meet these challenges, Sandoval led the effort to implement real pension reform, right-size the workforce, and institute budget reductions that aligned expenditures to decreasing revenues. This new economic reality also provided a framework to focus priorities, align resources, and create innovative partnerships.
Three major projects will transform the City and South County. The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan comprises 550 acres on San Diego Bay and will feature resort hotels, a convention center, mixed-use development, shopping and dining options, and more than 200 acres of parks and open space. In the Otay Ranch community, Millenia will create a vibrant smart growth urban center. And, progress continues on the future university park and research center on Chula Vista’s southeast boundary.
Sandoval earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. His professional affiliations include: the American Planning Association, where he has served as director of the San Diego section; Congress for New Urbanism; Association of Environmental Professionals; SANDAG; Urban Land Institute; and the San Diego County Planning Directors Association.
As City Manager of the county’s second largest municipality with a population of 250,000, Sandoval administers a $274 million annual budget and oversees 10 departments with a workforce of more than 1,000 employees.
Sandoval’s 30-year career in municipal government also includes serving as Director of Planning and Community Development for the cities of Del Mar and Imperial Beach.