110 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454-5190
Mission Statement
Goals and Objectives

The City Manager's Office provides overall direction and coordination of City operations to ensure that the City Council's adopted service goals are met or exceeded, and that costs do not exceed budget restrictions. This office continually evaluates the City's organizational structure as it relates to requirements for effective, efficient and economical public service. The City Clerk, Human Resources and Risk Management divisions are part of the office, which also includes contracted services for economic development and oversight of local public access television. The City Manager's Office works closely with the City Council by developing, advising and making recommendations to the Council on policies, programs and various business matters, and implementing the Council's decisions.

Citywide Organizational Chart
City Manager's Office Organizational Chart

photo-City Manager, Rick Haydon RICK HAYDON
City Manager

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 x200
City Fax: (805) 349-0657



  • M.A. Golden Gate University, San Francisco
  • B.S. California State University, Fresno
  • City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Assistant to the City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Budget and Employee Relations Manager, City of Dinuba
  • Financial Analyst, City of Dinuba
  • Business Manager, Monterey Police Department
  • Grants Administrator, Monterey-Salinas Transit
  • Special Projects Manager, Monterey-Salinas Transit
  • Management Analyst, City of Fresno


  • Central Coast Area Managers/Administrators Group, Chair
  • Oversight Committee of the Successor Agency of the City of Santa Maria, Chair
  • Executive Committee, League of California Cities, City Manager’s Department
  • Board of Directors, Santa Maria Economic Development Commission
  • Santa Maria Noontime Rotary Club
  • International City/County Management Association
  • California Public Employers Labor Relations Association
  • Municipal Management Association of Southern California
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International


The City Manager manages the day-to-day operations of the City. Acts as an advisor to the City Council on fiscal and City matters. The City Council sets policy, while the City Manager implements that policy. The Manager works as a facilitator, coordinator and catalyst, developing good working relationships and counting on and seeking out the support of the experts - City department heads, City staff and the community.

Mission Statement
To provide accurate and timely information and recommendations to the City Council in order to make informed decisions, implement policies and programs approved by Council, and manage the day-to-day operations of City services.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Develop and administer a "structurally balanced" General Fund budget and continue to maintain adequate reserves for future years' financing.
  2. Continue efforts to identify alternative revenue sources, and to rebuild the Local Economic Augmentation Fund and General Capital Fund as discretionary revenue opportunities become available.
  3. Identify and recommend the use of Community Development Block Grant funding into fundamental City facilities and infrastructure.
  4. Continue to enhance the City’s website with more robust functions and features to assist customers and recruitment efforts, and to increase efficiencies.
  5. Actively participate in Serve Santa Maria as well as collaborate with various non-profits and faith-based groups to cultivate and foster social capital for the betterment of the community.
  6. Continue economic development efforts, by working in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, to attract more mid-size light manufacturing, research, and other clean businesses to Santa Maria; help retain and expand existing local businesses; and work with the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Department to identify opportunities in the development and review process to aid in economic development.
  7. Continue to expand the City’s training program by hosting relevant webinars, and continue to offer City-wide Customer Service training to all employees.
  8. Provide direction to designated departments, and collaborate with the City Attorney’s Office to address issues of homelessness and panhandling in the City.
  9. Implement online performance evaluations City-wide to assist supervisors and the Human Resources Division with efficiencies, accountability and reliability.
  10. Successfully conduct the November 4, 2014, General Municipal Election by providing increased voter outreach to all segments of the community, develop an updated candidates election guide, provide election resources and information, campaign forms and campaign disclosure statements for public viewing on the website.

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The City Manager is an appointed officer identified in Government Code Section 87200 and files statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the Statements of Economic Interests filed by the City Manager may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 110 E. Cook Street, Rm. 3, Santa Maria, CA 93454. The Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at