The Chandler City Council named Josh Wright acting city manager March 4, according to a news release from the city. Wright succeeds Marsha Reed, whose retirement is effective March 4.

“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 in a news release. “I congratulate Marsha on her retirement and thank her for the years of excellent service she has given our community.”

Reed has served as Chandler’s city manager since April 2016 and she worked as an assistant city manager for three years prior to that appointment.

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 also worked for five years at the Town of Marana as an assistant to the town manager and director of strategic initiatives.

Wright will fill the position on an interim basis as the Chandler City Council works with the city's human resources division and an executive search firm to conduct a national recruitment process for the city manager position.