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.
Joshua Wright was named City Manager in August 2021. Previously, he served as the City of Chandler's Assistant City Manager since May 2017. He also 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.
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.