Physical address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 221
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Mailing address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458

The Department of Public Works/Engineering is responsible for ensuring that City-owned transportation infrastructure and facilities, transit services and capital improvement programs are designed, engineered, constructed, maintained and/or modified in a presentable and safe condition. The department coordinates a variety of activities and services including the preparation of plans and specifications for public works related construction projects; the design and inspection of public facilities; ensuring the proper installation of all public improvements made in new subdivisions, such as streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, water mains, sewer lines, and drainage; and provides custodial service to City facilities. The Streets division is responsible for preventive and regular maintenance of streets and appurtenant facilities. Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) system provides a regional public transportation service.


City Lights / Traffic Signals
Report inoperable streetlights and traffic signal concerns by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 229. After hours or on weekends you may leave a message on the City's Streetlight Hotline - (805) 925-0951 ext. 804.

City Sidewalk / Potholes
Report a damaged, raised or hazardous City sidewalk or a pothole by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 229. Use the City's Streets and Facilities Hotline at ext. 805 for after hours/weekend reporting.

City Facilities
To report an unsafe condition at a City facility contact (805) 925-0951 ext. 229. Use the City’s Streets and Facilities Hotline at ext. 805 for after hours or weekend reporting.

photo of David J. Whitehead, Director of Public Works DAVID J. WHITEHEAD
Director of Public Works/City Engineer

City Phone: (805) 925.0951 x227
City Fax: (805) 928-4995


  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of California
  • BS Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Director of Public Works/City Engineer - City of Santa Maria
  • Principal Civil Engineer, Construction & Development – City of Santa Maria
  • Senior Civil Engineer, Construction - City of Santa Maria
  • Senior Civil Engineer, Development - City of Santa Maria
  • Associate Civil Engineer, Capital Projects - City of Santa Maria
  • Assistant Civil Engineer, Design – Santa Clara County Transportation Agency


  • American Public Works Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • UCSB Economic Forecast Project, North Santa Barbara county Board of Directors
  • Autumnwoods Homeowners Association, Past President


Manager of Public Works Department, streets and facilities maintenance; transit system; and engineering.

Mission Statement
To effectively provide public works services to all City residents in a courteous, responsible, responsive and efficient manner.

2013-14 Goals/Objectives

  1. Successfully complete the long-anticipated Union Valley Parkway extension project, connecting Blosser Road to Highway 101, to improve regional traffic circulation and relieve congestion, and to provide a new freeway access route for the planned Santa Maria Airport Business Park.
  2. Improve nighttime roadway visibility and neighborhood safety Citywide by completing the installation of LED retrofit street lighting fixtures for over 5,500 existing street lights, while also significantly reducing annual electrical utility expenses.
  3. Complete the structural retrofit of the future Police facility at 1111 W. Betteravia Road, enabling the Police Department to proceed with move-in.
  4. Promote more convenient downtown shopping and tourism, and business retention and attraction, by purchasing two new trolley transit vehicles, and develop routes with the cooperation of the downtown merchants association.
  5. Improve the efficiency and performance of the City’s fuel supply system by completing three additional installations of a completely automated fuel accounting system, bringing the network to five sites.
  6. Continue to plan for needed transit services to our growing community by completing the next update of the Short-Range Transit Plan.
  7. Improve traffic congestion by calling for bids on the Blosser Road/Main Street (State Highway 166) Right Turn Lane project, then constructing a left-hand turn lane, a right-hand turn lane, and two through lanes.
  8. Respond to public safety concerns by completing the pedestrian safety improvements, consisting of a pedestrian refuge island with the existing flashing beacon, near Santa Maria High School at Stowell Road and Entrada Way.
  9. Re-establish roadway integrity by completing the Depot Street Overlay from Main to Fesler, and reduce traffic accidents by completing the traffic safety enhancements at Depot/Fesler/Railroad.
  10. Reduce ongoing energy expenses, and improve facility visibility by retrofitting the lighting in Parking Structure B at the Town Center with energy-efficient LED lighting.