Former San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata is heading to the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
Just days after his final day on the job in San Leandro comes news that he is the finalist for the open city manager’s position in Anaheim.
The Anaheim City Council will move to formerly hire Zapata at its Tuesday meeting.
The proposed contract includes a base salary of $291,000, according to the Anaheim City Council staff report. His base salary in San Leandro was $244,170.
The move is a big jump for Zapata. Anaheim’s population of 350,000 is roughly seven times larger than San Leandro. Furthermore, Anaheim is the home of Disneyland.
Zapata’s hiring in Anaheim also represents another curious turn of events that began last December with allegations of sexual harassment against him by a San Leandro non-profit leader.
Months of turmoil that followed have turned in Zapata’s favor. Not only did a subsequent independent investigation clear Zapata of wrongdoing, he negotiated a $350,000 separation agreement with the city and now has parlayed it into a more desirable job in Orange County.