City spokesman Jeff Hood will start as the interim director of the Parks, Recreation and the Cultural Services Department on Feb. 8, replacing Jim Rodems.
Rodems is leaving to take a new job as the district administrator for the Cordova Recreation and Park District, which serves 140,000 residents.
City Manager Rad Bartlam selected Hood and stated in a news release that he does not yet know how he will fill Rodems' job permanently.
Hood, 51, said he does not know how much his pay will increase in his new position.
As of April 2011, Rodems was making $118,224 a year. He is making $145,000 in his new job.
Hood is a management analyst, and has handled communications for the city. He was hired in 2007 after 20 years with The Stockton Record as a reporter and bureau chief.
Hood said he will balance his normal duties with the new work load.
"I'm just grateful that I've been given this opportunity. I will work as hard as I can and do the best job that I can," Hood said.
His main task will be getting the department through the budget process, he said.
"I am familiar with how the city functions and I know what the council expects, so I'll continue to carry that forward," Hood said.