City Manager

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110 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454-5190

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 office provides effective communication and transparency about City operations through proactive and responsive relations with the news media and manages the City website. The office also oversees the Information Technology division, which recommends equipment and software purchases, configures, installs, maintains, and supports the City's ever-changing information and technology needs. 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 Manager

110 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454-5190
Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2200
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
  • Santa Barbara County City 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
  • Honorary Commander, Vandenberg Air Force Base
  • Mentor, Allan Hancock College CAN Program
  • California City Managers Foundation
  • International City/County Management 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.


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. 

Life, Well Run (video from International City Manager's Association)

2016-17 Goals/Objectives

  1. Develop and administer a "structurally balanced" General Fund budget and continue to maintain adequate reserves for future years' financing.
  2. 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 promote and pursue bringing a 4-Year University Degree Program to Santa Maria.
  3. Fully implement a state-of-the-art 700 MHz trunked radio communication system, and relocate the City’s Communications Center from Cook Street to West Betteravia Road.
  4. Develop a financing and implementation plan to upgrade the Police and Fire Department’s public safety CAD system, which will be fully integrated with a RMS, mobile data computers, E-911, and Field-Based Reporting.
  5. Continue succession planning efforts by creating a Professional Association for City Employees (PACE) program to provide professional development and networking and volunteer opportunities as well as institute a quarterly speakers networking series to emphasize topic-related training.
  6. Successfully conduct the November 8, 2016 General Municipal Election by providing increased voter outreach to all segments of the community, develop an updated candidates election guide, and provide election resources and information, campaign forms and campaign disclosure statements for public viewing on the website.
  7. Streamline the interview process by advancing the technology and providing e-tablets to interview panelists in an effort to continue to modernize the recruitment process while being environmentally friendly.
  8. Improve the Santa Maria Municipal Code online presentation and semi-annual updates to code supplements with the use of a code codification service that provides user-friendly and powerful online search capabilities, up-to-date Code Alerts of ordinances adopted affecting the Municipal Code prior to their codification and printing, compliance with Internet and accessibility standards, and online links and references to Federal State, and Santa Maria Municipal Codes.
  9. Implement e-filing and administration system portals for Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Statements of Economic Interests, Form 700, by enabling electronic filing of the Form 700 for approximately 180 required City FPPC or Conflict of Interest Code filers improving the accuracy of the filer, eliminating requests and filings for amendments; improving efficiencies in tracking and permanent indexing of filings as required by FPPC regulations, and being “green” and providing a user-friendly approach to assuming/leaving office and annual filings.
  10. Work in conjunction with the Engineering Division and the Finance Department to develop conceptual drawings for the civic center complex (old library building) as well as a financing plan to fund the construction costs. 



Citywide Organizational Chart
City Manager's Office Organizational Chart

*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, Room 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


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