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.
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 x200
City Fax: (805) 349-0657
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:
- B.S. California State University, Fresno
- M.A. Golden Gate University, San Francisco
- 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
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Santa Maria Noontime Rotary, Program Chair
- Board of Directors, Central Coast Chapter, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- International City/County Management Association
- California Public Employers Labor Relations Association
- Municipal Management Association of Southern California
- League of California Cities
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.
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.
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- Develop and administer a "structurally balanced" General Fund budget and continue to maintain adequate reserves for future years' financing as well as identify appropriate financing strategies to fund enhanced public safety services.
- Actively participate in Serve Santa Maria as well as collaborate with various non-profits and faith-based groups to cultivate and foster social capital.
- 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 in order to keep down the vacancy rate in local commercial and retail storefronts; 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.
- Work in conjunction with Police Administration in addressing the esprit de corps in the Police Department while at the same time re-emphasizing community based policing and outreach efforts in the community.
- Continue in-house training for new supervisors and Human Resources liaisons relative to Memorandums of Understanding and City Administrative Memorandums (CAMs), as well as expand customer service training to all employees.
- Contingent upon voter passage of Measure U in the June 2012 election – the temporary ¼-cent sales tax to fund essential City services – the City Manager’s Office will help facilitate a process to aid the City Council in which to prioritizing the expenditure plan for the tax revenue proceeds.
- Successfully conduct the November 6, 2012 General Municipal Election by providing increased voter outreach to all segments of the community, and develop an updated candidates election guide.
- Continue to provide greater transparency by enhancing informational offerings on the City's website with continuous updates to the City Council agendas and reports, public hearing notices, election information and campaign forms, campaign disclosure statements, the Municipal Code, and the calendar of City meetings and events.
- Maintain the daily operations of the Records/City Clerk Division in an effective and efficient manner during a period of transition and continue the on-going process of protecting the City's vital records.
- Reinstitute the monthly Lunch with Your City Manager – a program designed to foster better open dialog and communication between City Administration and the ranked file employees. Once a month, the City Manager will have lunch at a City department and invite employees from that department to join him and have an open discussion about current topical items of interest.
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