Special Events Calendar
Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 1st.
Hometown Heroes Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for this program top recognize locals with military service.
Applications are being accepted for the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Park programs.
615 S. McClelland Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Director of Recreation & Parks
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260
City Fax: (805) 925.4508
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:
- Social Services, San Jose State University
- Social Work, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
- Public Administration, La Salle University
- Director of Recreation and Parks, City of Santa Maria
- Interim Recreation Superintendent, City of Santa Maria
- Recreation Supervisor, City of Santa Maria
- Facility Manager, City of Santa Maria
- Social Worker I, County of Santa Barbara
- Recreation Specialist, City of Santa Maria
- Recreation Specialist, Hayward Area District
- Teen Counselor, City of San Jose
- Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria
- United Way of the Central Coast
- Santa Maria Affiliate Santa Barbara Foundation
- Advisory Committee, Special Olympics Southern California
- North County American Red Cross Disaster Services
- American Red Cross
- Marital status: Married
- Children: Three
- General interests: Travel and photography
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for the daily operations and management of the Recreation and Parks Department. Provide staff support to the City Manager's Office, City Council and Recreation and Parks Commission. Supervise a staff of 30 full-time and 32 permanent part-time, assigned to 5 major divisions: Parks, Landscape Districts, Urban Forest, Recreation, and Administration. Services are provided in the following areas: city parks (225+ acres), part of Los Flores Ranch Park, publicly managed trees (30,000+), street medians, storm basins and rights-of-way (45+ acres), Santa Maria Town Center landscaping and parking structures, 7 major recreation facilities offering specialty recreation classes and programs and support to community based recreation programs i.e., youth basketball, youth soccer, etc.
- Begin the Request for Proposal process to update the 2013 Community Leisure Needs Assessment and Action Plan; have a new plan in place in 2019.
- Continue responding to the City Council’s priority to address inadequate City facilities, specifically by exploring the feasibility of funding a sports (soccer) complex.
- Maintain water conservation in the park system, including re-vegetation of landscape areas, rotation of scheduled watering, use of non-potable water, and complete renovations of landscaping and irrigation throughout the City’s parks and landscape districts to address drought requirements to maintain the community’s vibrant and welcoming ambiance.
- Seek grant funding as well as increased sponsorship opportunities for the expansion of services to at-risk youth for the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, and those special events, marketing, and education campaigns that foster community-building.
- Nurture partnerships with local school districts, non-profit agencies, service groups, and special interest organizations for continued development of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety.
- Develop new working relationships with non-profit organizations, schools, health care providers, businesses, and funding partners throughout the Santa Maria Valley, in an effort to address the growing needs of the homeless.
- Expand the new “ActiveNet” software system that provides additional resources for both in-house and on-line registration of programs, as well as facility and park reservations.
- Provide parks, athletic fields, and facilities that are safe, clean, and inviting to our residents and visitors.
- Collaborate with the Community Development Department on the update of the General Plan, identifying parks infrastructure needs to meet projected growth.
- Continue to work closely with the Community Development Department in the development of an action plan for the City’s Downtown, by providing input on recreational and social activities that could be offered as the plan comes to fruition, and by expanding the role of the City’s Landscape Maintenance Districts to support the efforts of the improvements along the South Broadway corridor.