In 1874, the Pioneer Fire Company No. 1 was organized. Crime was infrequent in Santa Barbara in the 1800's and major felonies were so rare that it was not considered necessary to form a police force until 1900. In 1927 the City Council formed the Fire and Police Commission to ensure the smooth and professional functioning of the two departments.
The Commissioners organized the departments into their present form, establishing their salaries and ranks and hiring chiefs. Major actions taken by either the Police or Fire Department had to be approved by the Commission. This arrangement came to an end in 1967 with the reconstitution of the Commission by the City Council, at which time the Fire and Police Departments became responsible for their own operations, with the Fire and Police Commission acting solely in an advisory capacity.
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Advise the City Council and City Administrator in all matters relating to efficient and adequate fire and police protection for the City.
|Qualifications||Must be qualified electors of the City|
|Length of Term||Four years and until successors are appointed. Staggered terms expire on December 31 of the appropriate year.|
|Meeting Schedule||The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street.|
|Time Involved||Approximately 3 hours per month for meetings and related activities|
|Financial Disclosure Requirement||Members are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests upon appointment, annually and when leaving the advisory group.|
|Ethics Training Requirement||The City of Santa Barbara requires members of this commission to take City ethics training within one year after member is appointed or reappointed.|
|Staff||Fire Department and Police Department, (805) 897-2300|
City Charter Sections 800 - 805, and 816; Municipal Code Sections 2.08.020.I and 9.118.010; Resolution No. 95-158.