Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval announced Wednesday he will retire after six years in the post, effective July 1.

Sandoval has worked for Chula Vista for 15 years total. He also worked for the cities of Del Mar and Imperial Beach during a 35-year career.

Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval. Official photo

“I have been privileged to hold leadership positions which enabled me, working with others, to bring about positive change,” Sandoval said. “In Chula Vista, this has included successfully addressing the previous dire financial situation, creating more efficient and cost effective ways to provide public services, and making great progress on major projects important to the community.”

Mayor Cheryl Cox said Sandoval guided the city through “extremely challenging times” when the city had to make personnel and service cuts during the recent recession.

“I know his time here has been rewarding, having contributed to the city’s financial stability and our unprecedented successes on the bayfront and in university planning,” Cox said. “I thank him for his leadership.”

According to the mayor’s office, the City Council can hire from within, name an interim city manager while looking for a replacement, or hire a headhunter to perform a national search.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.