City Manager

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

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Fridays.

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 in furtherance of City Council goals and priorities. Operations within the City Manager's Office include:

E-mail inquiries to the City Manager's Office

City Manager's Office staff (partial):
Jason Stillwell, City Manager (see bio)
Andrew Hackleman, Assistant City Manager (see bio) The Assistant City Manager serves as a Department Director and works with other Department Directors and staff on a variety of programs and service.
Jeff Marecic, Chief Information Officer
Linda Le, Chief Human Resources/Human Development Officer
Mark van de Kamp, Public Information Manager


Jason Stilwell photoJASON STILWELL

City Manager

110 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454-5190
Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2200
City Fax: (805) 349-0657



  • Ph.D. University of Colorado at Denver: Graduate School of Public Affairs
  • Master of Public Administration, San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Arts California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 
  • City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Director of Information Technology and Financial Planning City of San Luis Obispo (interim)
  • City Administrator, City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Assistant County Executive Officer, County of Santa Barbara
  • Parks Director, County of Santa Barbara
  • Assistant Town Manager, Town of Superior, Colorado
  • Management Assistant, City of Westminster, Colorado
  • Management Analyst, City of Thornton, Colorado
  • Project Manager, City of Mountain View
  • Intern, City of San Luis Obispo 


  • Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary
  • Adopt-a-Road
  • Serve Santa Maria
  • Santa Maria Public Library Foundation
  • Santa Maria Police Council
  • Good Samaritan Food Service Team
  • International City Management Association
  • Government Finance Officers’ Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Municipal Management Association of Southern California
  • Local Government Chapter of the American Bar Association 


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 directors, 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. 


Andrew Hackleman, Assistant City ManagerANDREW HACKLEMAN

Assistant City Manager

110 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454-5190
Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2399
City Fax: (805) 349-0657



  • Master of Science, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton OH
  • Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Excelsior College, Albany NY
  • Air Command and Staff College, Unite States Air Force
  • Air War College, United States Air Force
  • Squadron Officer School, United States Air Force
  • Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officer School, United States Air Force
  • Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Member, California Governor’s Military Council
  • COO and Co-Counder, REACH Central Coast, San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Counties
  • Executive Director, Home Builders’ Association, Sant Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Counties
  • Senior Executive Officer/Branch Chief, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  • Commander, Kirtland Underground Munitions Maintenance and Storage Complex, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
  • Operations Officer, Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron, Tallil Air Base, Iraq; and Creech AFB NV)
  • Operations Officer, B-1 Lancer Squadron, Diego Garcia BIOT; Al Udeid AB, Qatar; and Dyess AFB TX
  • Chief/Officer In Charge, Quality Assurance, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base TX

Community Involvement

  • Santa Maria Noon Rotary
  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Military Committee
  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee
  • International City Management Association



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

 2022-23 Goals and Objectives

  1. Develop a budget that addresses the City’s long-term financial obligations and priorities.

  2. Continue to implement projects eligible for one-time American Rescue Plan Act funding, with the objectives of reimbursing costs incurred and revenue lost as a result of the pandemic, investing in projects that can be completed within the required timeline, and increase ongoing revenue or reduce ongoing costs, and strengthen the City’s financial position.

  3. Continue upgrading and improving communications hardware, software, and security, led by the Information Technology division, to support departments and facilities, and improve public access and services.

  4. Relocate the City Manager’s Office staff within the remodeled City Hall offices.

  5. Complete the Smart City, Safe City vision plan, and operationalize its advisory committee and communication effort.

  6. Support the Economic Development partnership with the Chamber by employing structured project management approach to Downtown redevelopment and a coalition of support to the regional effort of expanding commercial activity at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

  7. Review and update personnel policies and procedures, municipal codes, City Administrative Memorandums (“CAMs”), and create an employee handbook.

  8. Establish a plan to implement all aspects of the Alignment Project, to create and sustain an organizational culture that continuously strives to improve the quality of City services and inspires customer-based solutions with an engaged workforce.

  9. Establish a performance management program in conjunction with the automation and implementation of the PERFORM Module to track employee performance to increase transparency and employee engagement between employees and managers/supervisors.

  10. Enhance organization-wide cybersecurity by implementing a variety of tools including multi-factor authentication, a cyber security analyst, and an artificial intelligence-based, security scanning platform to detect and notify IT staff of cybersecurity events.


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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