Local leader brings strong finance and municipal experience
The Chula Vista City Council has unanimously selected Maria Kachadoorian as the next City Manager. Kachadoorian is the first woman and first Latina to serve as City Manager of San Diego County’s second largest City. “Maria has the knowledge, skills and vision we need to move the City forward during these unprecedented times,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “She brings to this critical position strong leadership skills, municipal finance acumen, and a passionate commitment to foster positive relationships with employees, residents, as well as with elected, business and community leaders.”
Kachadoorian has worked at the City of Chula Vista for 22 years. She started in the Finance
Department, advanced to Finance Director, before becoming Deputy then Assistant City Manager. Her strong finance background helped lead the City through the Great Recession and she will be instrumental in implementing innovative strategies to mitigate the financial, economic and community impacts to the City and residents from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As City Manager she will oversee and maintain a balanced budget, advance the Chula Vista Bayfront development, launch Ambulance Transport Services, and foster initiatives that better connect the City’s diverse communities.
The current City Manager, Gary Halbert, is retiring June 19. Halbert has been with the City since 2008 and has served as Assistant City Manager and Director of Development Services. Previously, he was Assistant City Manager in Santee and before that served for more than 20 years at the City of San Diego. Under Halbert’s leadership, the City advanced major initiatives such as securing 355 acres for a university site, collaborating to select RIDA Development to bring Gaylord Pacific to the Chula Vista Bayfront, and successfully passing sales tax measures to support infrastructure and public safety.
Kachadoorian is a long-time resident of South County and lives in Chula Vista. She was born in Tijuana and immigrated to the United States as an infant. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. She also is a Certified Public Accountant. As a Chula Vista Rotarian, she has volunteered on many projects benefiting the Chula Vista community.