Chandler City Council names acting city manager, begins recruitment process

March 4, 2021
Josh Wright, acting city manager

The Chandler City Council has named Josh Wright acting city manager, fulfilling an administrative transition in the City Manager’s Office with Marsha Reed retiring today. 

“This is a critical leadership position and Josh offers the skills and professional experience to work with the City Council and the City’s executive management team to continue delivering outstanding services for Chandler residents and businesses,” said Mayor Kevin Hartke. “I congratulate Marsha on her retirement and thank her for the years of excellent service she has given our community.”  

Reed served as Chandler’s city manager since April 2016 and she worked as an assistant city manager for three years prior to that appointment. Her retirement marks the conclusion to her 38-year career in public service with eight years in Chandler and a combined 30 years in Texas with the State of Texas and City of Lubbock.

Wright joined Chandler in 2017 as assistant city manager to provide administrative oversight and guidance for City departments and divisions and to fulfill the policies and goals of the City Council and city manager. Prior to that, he served as town manager of Wickenburg for five years and worked five years at the Town of Marana as an assistant to the town manager and director of strategic initiatives. 

While Wright will fill the post on an interim basis, the Chandler City Council is working with the City’s Human Resource Division and an executive search firm to conduct a national recruitment process for the city manager position. 

The city manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the City of Chandler and implements policies adopted by the City Council. It is one of four positions appointed by the City Council, the others being the City Attorney, City Clerk and Presiding Magistrate.

Media contact:
Matt Burdick
City of Chandler 
Communications and Public Affairs Director