Chris Zapata, the City Manager of National City, is one of three candidates who was interviewed over the weekend to take the top administrative job in Stockton.

Zapata has been with National City since 2004, a city five times smaller than Stockton.

Zapata, who earns $165,000 annually and gave up a $750 monthly vehicle allowance and accepted 80 hours of furlough leave, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that interviewing with Stockton is not about the money.

“When you feel you’ve taken a community to a point where a good team is in place, and that is the case here, and there is an awareness of your opportunities and challenges, and that is here too, you need to take stock of what you will continue to bring to the table,” Zapata told the Union-Tribune. “That’s the journey I’m on right now.”