CHULA VISTA - Chula Vista, the second largest city in San Diego County, has a new City Manager.
Assistant City Manager Gary Halbert was unanimously appointed to the post during a closed session meeting of the City Council this week. He will be taking over for current City Manager Jim Sandoval, who will retire at the end of June.
"Chula Vista is an outstanding community with many of the greatest development opportunities within the San Diego region and throughout California," said Halbert. "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.
Halbert has been working with the city since 2008 and has a broad background in city planning, transportation engineering and development services.
“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,” said Councilmember Pamela Bensoussan. “Gary said he fell in love with Chula Vista and I am confident he wants the best for its residents.”
“I’ve always been impressed by his experience in planning and his knowledge of city operations,” said Councilmember Rudy Ramirez. “I’m confident city staff will respond well to his leadership.”