Outgoing San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will leave City Hall on Dec. 3 and take the job as president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber is planning a news conference this morning at 10:15 at South Embarcadero Park in downtown San Diego to make the announcement.

Mayor Sanders was elected for his first term in a special election in 2005 following the resignation of Mayor Dick Murphy. Sanders was re-elected in 2008.

Sanders served as a police officer with the City of San Diego for more than 29 years, completing his services with the department as chief of police. Upon his retirement from police work, Sanders served as CEO of the United Way and was instrumental in restructuring the local chapter of the Red Cross following the Cedar Fire in 2002.

Sanders gained wide respect for his evenhanded management of the city during his two terms as mayor. He has been a strong advocate of regional economic growth and is credited with leading the development of a widely recognized clean-tech sector in San Diego and fostering the craft brewing industry in the city.

Sanders follows departing chamber President and CEO Ruben Barrales, who is leaving his post at the end of the year.

Sanders’ salary as president and CEO of the chamber is undisclosed.

— SDBJ Staff Report