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Chula Vista City Council appoints city manager

The Chula Vista City Council unanimously appointed Assistant City Manager Gary Halbert to the position of city manager in a closed session following the Tuesday council meeting.

Halbert will take over for current City Manager Jim Sandoval, who will retire June 30. The terms of Halbert’s contract have not yet been finalized.

“Chula Vista is an outstanding community with many of the greatest development opportunities within the San Diego region and throughout California,” Halbert said. “I’m honored by the council’s confidence in me and look forward to working together with our incredible employees to continue to improve top-quality services for residents and moving ahead with our most promising projects.”

“The council’s decision was the best for Chula Vista,” Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox said. “Gary has the respect of city employees, the residents he works with and those who do business with the city. He has the expertise to improve upon what has been a period of sound financial planning and forward thinking.”

Halbert came to the city of Chula Vista in 2008 as its development services director. He is a certified planner and licensed engineer with more than 30 years of experience in local government.

After starting his career as an engineer in traffic operations for the city of San Diego, Halbert has since held management positions in city planning, transportation engineering and development services.

Halbert earned a bachelor’s degree in systems science from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s in public administration from San Diego State University.

“We are fortunate to have such a widely respected and well-qualified person within our own organization to assume this leadership role without missing a beat,” Councilmember Pamela Bensoussan said. “Gary said he fell in love with Chula Vista and I am confident he wants the best for its residents.”

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