Sunday, April 22 , 2018, 9:11 pm | Fog/Mist 57º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Santa Barbara Recruiting for 4 Key Department Management Positions, Including City Attorney

The City of Santa Barbara will lose four department heads to retirement by the end of the year, and the recruitment of their replacements is already under way.

The City Council is working on a nationwide recruitment effort with an executive search firm to replace City Attorney Steve Wiley, said Nina Johnson, assistant to the city administrator. Wiley is retiring in December after 30 years with the city.

Wiley's successor will be appointed by the new City Council, while the other three appointments will be made by City Administrator Jim Armstrong.

Public Works Department director Christine Andersen retired Nov. 1 and the city named Rebecca Bjork, the water resources director, as acting interim director. The city’s Human Resources department is already recruiting to replace Andersen, who joined the city staff in 2008.

Johnson said the city may make an internal promotion to succeed Marcelo López, assistant city administrator and head of administrative services, who is leaving in December.

“(Jim) Armstrong is evaluating his options and looking at options within the organization,” she said.

López has been with the city for 18 years.

Airport Director Karen Ramsdell announced her retirement more recently, so the city is still looking at recruitment options and “options within the organization,” Johnson said. Ramsdell is retiring in December as well, after 26 years as director of the Santa Barbara Airport

If there are gaps between people leaving and being hired or promoted, other department staff will take over duties temporarily, Johnson said.

Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.


Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >