KACHADOORIAN NAMED CHULA VISTA CITY MANAGER
The Chula Vista City Council has unanimously selected Maria Kachadoorian as the next City Manager. Kachadoorian is the first woman and first Latina to serve as City Manager of San Diego County’s second largest City.
“Maria has the knowledge, skills and vision we need to move the City forward during these unprecedented times,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “She brings to this critical position strong leadership skills, municipal finance acumen, and a passionate commitment to foster positive relationships with employees, residents, as well as with elected, business and community leaders.”
Kachadoorian has worked at the City of Chula Vista for 22 years. She started in the Finance Department, advanced to Finance Director, before becoming Deputy then Assistant City Manager. Her strong finance background helped lead the City through the Great Recession and she will be instrumental in implementing innovative strategies to mitigate the financial, economic and community impacts to the City and residents from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As City Manager she will oversee and maintain a balanced budget, advance the Chula Vista Bayfront development, launch Ambulance Transport Services, and foster initiatives that better connect the City’s diverse communities.
Kachadoorian is a long-time resident of South County and lives in Chula Vista. She was born in Tijuana and immigrated to the United States as an infant. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. She also is a Certified Public Accountant. As a Chula Vista Rotarian, she has volunteered on many projects benefiting the Chula Vista community.