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Friday Office Closures

Post Date:06/13/2018 2:22 PM

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June 13, 2018


Friday Office Closures


Most City of Santa Maria departments will begin closing to the public every Friday starting June 29th due to budget constraints.  Operations and other public services will remain open.


The Friday closures are in an effort to aid staff in completing job duties during this time of unfilled and unfunded vacant positions.  The City is continuing to balance its budget with many strategies, including not filling vacant positions where possible.  During the Friday closures, City employees will still be at work to get the public’s work done.


Friday closure signs in English and Spanish will be posted at all affected City buildings, and notices will be added on the City’s website. The Friday closures will not affect the Police Department, Public Library, Recreation and Parks Department, or Utilities Department.


The City regrets any inconvenience.  Customers are asked to schedule their in-person business on other weekdays, and when possible to utilize online services at


Also starting on Friday, June 29th, the City is beginning a 9/80 alternative work schedule for full-time employees in participating departments.  Some employees are voluntarily adjusting their work schedules to 80 hours over a nine-day period.  The effect on the public should be minimal. 


Santa Maria is not the first to adjust its schedule. The City of Goleta offices are closed every Friday, and City of Santa Barbara offices are closed every other Friday due to a 9/80 work schedule.


Santa Maria City offices have previously closed on Fridays due to budget constraints. In 2010 through 2013 the City was closed for a total of 49 furlough days. The City had also used the furlough program in 1994 and 1995.


Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office at (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.


Department:                              City Manager’s Office

Contact Person:                        Mark van de Kamp, Public Information Manager

Telephone Number:                 (805) 925-0925 extension 2372 or (805) 720-4038

E-mail Address:              



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