City Hall
110 E. Cook Street, Room 6
Santa Maria, Ca 93454

The Department of Administrative Services' mission is to provide the financial information necessary for the effective and efficient management of City operations; and administration of computer and communication systems. The department consists of four divisions encompassing four major subprograms: Finance, Utility Billing, Information Technology, and Special Projects. Major activities include: Revenue and appropriation management; annual budget preparation; purchasing; utility billing; real property management; treasury and investment functions; financial management system administration; computer and communication software/hardware administration and maintenance; grant administration and economic development.

Photo of RENE VIS…, Director of Administrative Services RENE VISÉ
Director of Administrative Services

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 x215
City Fax: (805) 925-2243



  • M.P.A. (Golden Gate University)
  • B.A. Business Administration (California State University, Fullerton)
  • C.P.A. Certificate from Deloitte and Touche
  • Management Services Director, City of Lompoc
  • Finance Services Manager, City of Lompoc
  • Accounting Supervisor, City of Lompoc
  • Accounting Supervisor, City of Gilroy
  • Finance Director, City of Gonzales


The Director of Administrative Services is responsible for a comprehensive program of administrative and financial activities, including accounting, treasury, investments, computer and communication systems, financial reporting, purchasing, budget preparation, utility billing, and property management.

Mission Statement
To provide the highest level of service to the residents, City Council and other City departments, within the adopted budget, and to provide accurate and timely financial information, quality customer service in utility billing, fiscally sound cash management, data and computer information technology. We will strive to provide excellent leadership to develop affordable housing, economic development opportunities, public benefit capital projects and infrastructure, and human services through funding provided by the CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships and other grant programs.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Implement payroll procedures to meet the Affordable Care Act payroll reporting requirements.
  2. Assist the City Managerís Office in identifying alternative revenues sources for the General Fund.
  3. In cooperation with other departments, facilitate access to broadband to improve the Cityís ability to attract and retain businesses.
  4. Finalize design and begin installation of an underground fiber optic cable linking the new police headquarters on Betteravia Road to City Hall.
  5. Research the feasibility of upgrading to more efficient central cashiering program which utilizes a credit card gateway.
  6. Continue the cross-training of customer service clerks so that they acquire knowledge of each otherís duties and also gain an understanding of finance clerk responsibilities, to absorb intermittent gaps in regular staffing.
  7. Explore options for implementing a paperless solution for the Departmentís document management system.
  8. Seek and secure new grants and outside funding sources to address public safety, neighborhood revitalization and youth development needs in the community, and provide training on grant writing and grant management to other City departments.
  9. Explore the feasibility of the City applying for designation as an entitlement (formula allocation) community under the Federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program that will provide additional funds for the development of affordable housing projects and operating costs of the Special Projects Division.
  10. Educate the Block Grants Advisory Committee about public infrastructure financing needs and identify and implement CDBG funding into City facilities to keep pace with the needs of the growing community.