Chula Vista named its assistant city manager Gary Halbert to succeed Jim Sandoval as city manager.

Sandoval, who held the job for the past six years, announced he was retiring effective June 30.

Mayor Cheryl Cox said Halbert, who was first hired in 2008 as the city’s development services director, has the respect of city employees, residents, and those who do business with the city. “He has the expertise to improve upon what has been a period of sound financial planning and forward thinking,” Cox said.

Terms of Halbert’s contract weren’t finalized as of May 8, the city said.

Halbert is a certified planner and licensed engineer with more than 30 years experience in local government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in systems science from the University of California ,San Diego, and a masters degree in public administration from San Diego State University.

Chula Vista is the second largest city in the county with about 250,000 residents.