The Sanger City Council on Thursday approved bringing back a native son as its city manager.
Tim Chapa agreed to take the job effective Jan. 21, the city said. The council approved his hiring on a 4-0 vote.
“We think he’s a good man,” Councilman Humberto Garza said.
His contract is for three years and his salary will be $157,000 annually.
Chapa was one of eight valedictorians of the Sanger High Class of 1985 and has previous experience in Sanger city government.
He replaces Brian Haddix, who announced his resignation in May to take a similar position in Chowchilla. Dan Spears, manager of community and economic development for Sanger, also resigned this year.
Chapa was Sanger’s deputy public works director from 2002-06 and development services director from 2006-09. Since that time, he’s been city manager in Arvin and is currently in Rio Vista, a Solano County city on the Sacramento River.
Prior to his work in Sanger city government, Chapa served as Parlier Unified School District’s assistant superintendent and on the Sanger Unified school board.
Chapa has a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from Stanford in 1989 and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.