Josh Wright

Josh Wright grew up in the East Valley, and said moving to Chandler and starting his new job as assistant city manager feels like coming home.

“I’ve always admired the city of Chandler,” said Wright, who has been the town manager of Wickenburg since 2011. “They have excellent leadership at all levels. It’s a very high-performing group. It’s an outstanding opportunity both professionally and personally.”

Although the details of his duties are still being fine-tuned, the assistant city manager generally oversees and provides guidance to city department heads and division managers to ensure the policies and goals of the city manager and city council are achieved in a timely and professional manner.

Wright, who starts May 1, fills the position vacated by Marsha Reed, who was appointed city manager a year ago. He won the job after the city pared a field of 174 applicants down to four.

“This is a critical leadership position, and I am excited for Josh to work with the city’s executive management team to build upon our impressive successes,” Reed said. “Josh offers the skills and professional experience to ensure we continue to deliver outstanding service for Chandler residents.”

Before he worked in Wickenburg, Wright assisted the town manager of Marana for five years and was director of strategic initiatives. He is a past president of the Arizona City/County Management Association and received the Associate’s Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2010.

Wright was also named Economic Developer of the Year in 2011 by the Arizona Association for Economic Development. He holds a master’s in public administration and undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona.

“I’m very excited,” Wright said. “Me and my family are thrilled to become part of the Chandler community.”

– Reach Mike Butler at 480-898-5630 or

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