Jim Sandoval, Chula Vista’s city manager for the last six years, said he’s retiring effective July 1.

Sandoval leaves the county’s second largest city after guiding it through one of its most tumultuous times caused chiefly by the Great Recession that resulted in hundreds of houses going into foreclosure. He was employed at the city for 15 years, joining it as the director of planning.

He oversees a budget of $261 million, 10 departments and some 1,000 city employees. Before the recession took hold there were a lot more.

Sandoval, 58 and a resident of Bonita, said by working with others he was able to bring about positive changes, including successfully addressing Chula Vista's dire financial situation, creating more efficient ways of providing public services, and making progress on major projects.

He spent 35 years in municipal government, including previous stints as the top planner for both Del Mar and Imperial Beach.