Chandler City Council officially appointed Josh Wright to the role of city manager during a council meeting Aug. 12. Wright had been serving as acting city manager for several months following the departure of Marsha Reed from the role earlier this year.

The council approved a contract from Aug. 13 to June 30, 2022, with an annual base salary of $261,500. Wright joined Chandler in 2017 as assistant city manager and has also taken on interim roles as the Chandler Airport manager and director of departments that provide building inspection, development permits, engineering, planning and transportation-related services in Chandler.

Prior to working in Chandler, Wright served as town manager for the town of Wickenburg for five years.

"The success of Chandler is dependent on more than the city government, and I will work in this role to build partnerships with major employers and developers, Chandler businesses, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, nonprofits serving Chandler, school districts, neighboring cities and towns, utilities and other organizations," Wright told Community Impact Newspaper in a Q&A earlier this month.