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Chula Vista city manager to retire July 1

Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval announced his retirement on Wednesday. He will retire effective July 1, after a 15-year career with the city.

Sandoval administered a $261 million annual budget and oversaw 10 departments with a workforce of nearly 1,000 employees. Chula Vista is the second largest municipality in the county of San Diego with a population of 250,000.

“I believe that public service is the highest calling,” said Sandoval, in a written statement. “I have been privileged to hold leadership positions which enabled me, working with others, to bring about positive change.

“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.”

Sandoval’s 35-year career in city government includes serving as director of planning in Chula Vista and as director of planning and community development for the cities of Del Mar and Imperial Beach.

“Jim has helped shepherd Chula Vista through extremely challenging times, and I value his dedication to our residents and city staff,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. “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. I thank him for his leadership.”

Sandoval is currently the chair of the San Diego County City Managers’ Association and is a past San Diego section director of the American Planning Association.

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