Chris Zapata, with more than 35 years of public service including 25 years leading cities in California and Arizona, is Anaheim’s finalist for the city manager position.
Since 2012, Zapata served as city manager for San Leandro, a city of nearly 90,000 people just south of Oakland. Earlier, Zapata served as city manager for National City in San Diego County and as deputy city manager of Glendale, Ariz., just west of Phoenix.
If appointed, Zapata is expected to join Anaheim in Aug. Working at the policy direction of the City Council, Anaheim’s city manager runs daily operations of Orange County’s largest city.
Anaheim’s city manager oversees a $1.9 billion annual budget and a full-service city with dedicated police, fire, public utilities, community services and other departments serving residents, businesses and visitors. The next city manager will be Anaheim’s 13th since the position was created in 1919.
Since July 2017, Linda Andal has served as interim city manager. Andal will return to her prior position of city clerk upon the appointment and start of a new city manager. The City Council is looking to Anaheim’s next city manager to continue major initiatives to address homelessness, enhance parks, libraries and community centers and to further build on public safety and community ties.