|In closed session December 9, the Chula Vista City Council appointed veteran planner Jim Sandoval to the position of City Manager. Sandoval, who served as Chula Vista’s Planning Director from July 2003 to June 2008, will return from a brief retirement to assume the City’s top administrative post. Pending the agreement and approval of a contract currently being negotiated, Sandoval is slated to begin his new job December 18.
The 53-year old Sandoval’s career in municipal government spans 30 years. In 1999, he joined the City of Chula Vista as the Assistant Planning Director. Prior positions include the Director of Planning and Community Development for the cities of Del Mar and Imperial Beach.
As Chula Vista’s Planning Director, Sandoval guided the General Plan Update effort to completion, developed the Western Chula Vista Revitalization program and negotiated the land agreement that paves the way for a four-year university.
“This is a challenging time for Chula Vista, and I am passionate about helping the people of this City through the economic downturn that has taken its toll on municipal governments everywhere,” said Sandoval. “This city has so much potential, and I’m excited about the future. I think the solid relationships I’ve built over the years with everyone in the community—from residents and activists to developers and business owners—will help get us through the difficult days ahead.”
As City Manager of the county’s second largest municipality, Sandoval will administer a $274 million budget and oversee 11 departments with a workforce of 1,109 employees. The position has been vacant since September. Interim City Manager Scott Tulloch has been leading the city in the absence of a permanent replacement. City Councilmembers thanked Tulloch for his extraordinary effort over the past weeks and announced he will continue leading budget reduction negotiations with the City’s labor organizations.
Sandoval earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of California, Davis and a Masters degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Finance and Organizational Development from San Diego State University. His professional affiliations include: the American Planning Association, where he served as past 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.