“Through a five month recruitment process, we interviewed a number of great candidates for the city manager position and ultimately selected the internal candidate, Joshua Wright,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke in the release. “Through his role as assistant city manager and in his recent acting position, Joshua has guided the city through many challenges and has led the city to record-setting successes, including the largest private investment project in Arizona’s history with Intel. Joshua has proven himself as a natural and inspiring leader, and I look forward to working alongside him to continue leading this community in the direction of innovation and excellence.”
Wright was appointed acting city manager in March 2021 to oversee the day-to-day operations of the city. He joined Chandler in 2017 as assistant city manager.
“I am honored by the mayor and council’s confidence in me to serve as Chandler’s city manager and am excited about our community’s bright future,” Wright said in the release. “As an East Valley native, I have always admired Chandler’s visionary leadership and couldn’t be more excited to serve the city my family and I call home.”