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
Tadd Wille became Assistant City Manager in February 2022 to assist the City Manager with day-to-day operations of the City. He previously was Deputy City Manager for the City of Tacoma, Washington, responsible for an array of city departments that provided services to that community’s residents and businesses. In prior positions, he was Tacoma’s budget director, helping to manage their budget development process and long-range financial planning and was the assistant budget director and grants administrator for the City of San Antonio, Texas.
Wille is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in history.
Dawn Lang was named Deputy City Manager – Chief Financial Officer in August 2021 to oversee the City’s financial functions, information technology, facilities, and fleet services. Lang has served as the City of Chandler’s Management Services Director since January 2012 and continues to oversee the budget, accounting, payroll, purchasing, central supply, utility billing services, as well as tax and licensing, and environmental management compliance. Prior to joining the City of Chandler, she worked at the City of Dubuque, Iowa, as their budget director and assistant finance director.
Lang is a licensed certified public accountant and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in accounting. She has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club since 2011, including service as a past president in Chandler and past lieutenant governor of its southwest district.
Andy Bass was named Deputy City Manager in January 2022 to assist the City Manager in the day-do-day operations of the City. Bass was previously Chandler’s Community Services Director, overseeing the Chandler Public Library and the City’s recreation/aquatics, park operations and park development divisions, a role he will continue to fulfill until a replacement is hired.
He previously served in a similar job with the City of Reno, Nevada, and worked as a parks and recreation director for communities in Colorado and Texas. Bass is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a master’s degree in business administration and a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.