The City Manager is one of four positions appointed by the City Council. The City Manager and Assistant City Managers are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City and for carrying out the policies that are adopted by the City Council.
City Manager Marsha Reed
Marsha joined Team Chandler in April 2013 as Assistant City Manager, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the City of Chandler. She was appointed City Manager in April 2016. Prior to coming to the City of Chandler, Marsha worked for the City of Lubbock, Texas, for 20 years serving in many capacities in public works and the last five years as Chief Operating Officer overseeing several large departments. Prior to her work at the City she held several positions at the Lubbock District of the Texas Department of Transportation for 10 years.
Marsha is a two-time graduate of Texas Tech University obtaining her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 and her master's degree in Public Administration in 2000. She is a licensed professional engineer in the States of Arizona and Texas. Marsha is a current member of the Arizona City Managers Association. Prior to moving to Arizona, she served in many positions for the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) including President in 2001. She was also heavily involved in the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA)where she has served in numerous capacities including President of the Texas Chapter in 2004. Marsha has served at the national level for the American Public Works Association, on their awards committee for three years, serving as Chairman in 2010. She also served on the National Nominating Committee in 2012 and served on the Texas Municipal League Board of Directors for two years.
Marsha has received several awards in her career including the Top Three Public Works Leader of the Year Award in 1998 by the Texas Chapter of the APWA and Engineer of the Year in 2006, from the South Plains Chapter of TSPE. She is married with four children and three granddaughters.
Assistant City Manager
Debra Stapleton was selected as the City of Chandler’s Assistant City Manager in October 2018. Stapleton previously served as the City of Chandler’s human resources director since 1999 and was promoted to administrative services director in 2016 to oversee buildings and facilities, fleet services, human resources and information technology. She also worked at Olin Corporation for 19 years in human resource management positions.
Stapleton holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She also is a certified workplace mediator.
Assistant City Manager
Joshua Wright was selected as the City of Chandler's Assistant City Manager in May 2017. He previously served as the town manager of Wickenburg, Arizona, from 2011 to 2017. Prior to Wickenburg, Wright worked at the Town of Marana, Arizona, from 2006 to 2011 in a variety of roles, including assistant to the town manager and director of strategic initiatives.
Wright is a past president of the Arizona City/County Management Association and received its Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2010. He also was named Economic Developer of the Year by the Arizona Association for Economic Development in 2011. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and religious studies from the University of Arizona.