REBECCA J. BJORK
Public Works Director
Rebecca J. Bjork earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Studies, from Grinnell College in Iowa, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Rebecca began working with the Public Works Department as a Pretreatment Coordinator in 1989. She continued her career in the Water Resources Department as the Wastewater System Manager, and in 2008, was appointed as Water Resources Manager. Rebecca has made major contributions toward the improvement of water quality in the City of Santa Barbara and has overseen several major capital improvement projects at the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants.
Rebecca was appointed to the position of Public Works Director in 2013, and she currently manages the Administration, Engineering, Facilities and Energy Management, Fleet Management, Transportation, and Water Resources Divisions. Under Rebecca’s leadership, Public Works completed the construction of several major City bridges, including the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project. In addition, she is directing the reactivation of the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant.
Michele De Cant is a graduate of California State University Channel Islands and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In the past 33 years, Michele has worked for three major departments in the City of Santa Barbara. She currently works in the Public Works Department as the Public Works Business Manager, and previously worked in the Finance and Community Development Departments.
Michele is a member of the Santa Barbara Ski and Sports Club, the Goleta Valley Cycling Club, and the City Orator’s Toastmasters speaking club, where she currently is their Treasurer / Secretary.
Brian D’Amour is the City Engineer for the City of Santa Barbara and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has over 15 years of municipal engineering and consulting engineering experience. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to his time with the City of Santa Barbara, Brian served in various private and public sector roles in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Brian has been with the City of Santa Barbara for nearly nine years and currently leads the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. He recently completed the American Public Works Association Public Works Institute, as well as the City of Santa Barbara’s City Leadership Academy. As City Engineer, Brian is responsible for leading the division programs including Engineering Services, Engineering Land Development, Traffic Engineering and Traffic Signals, as well as Streets Capital Program.
Jim Dewey has served the last nine years as the Facilities and Energy Manager for the City of Santa Barbara. Before being hired at the City of Santa Barbara, Jim served as the campus energy manager and Associate Director of Facilities at UCSB. Prior to working for UCSB, Jim was a Commercial Air Conditioning and Building Controls Contractor, designing control systems and managing energy for many high-tech companies and government agencies. Jim is a graduate of the Universal Technical Institute, specializing in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Solar Technologies, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara. Jim is a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers.
Chris Toth is the Transportation Manager for the City of Santa Barbara and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has over 32 years of municipal engineering experience. He is a graduate of Oregon State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He also received a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the San Diego State University. Prior to working for the City of Santa Barbara, Chris served in various engineering-related roles in the City of San Diego, among them Deputy Director of Wastewater Operations, Metropolitan Wastewater Department, for over 12 years. Chris has been with the City of Santa Barbara for over 6 years and currently leads the Transportation Division.
Joshua Haggmark is a registered Civil Engineer, and he began working for the City of Santa Barbara in the Engineering Division 15 years ago. He currently leads the Water Resources Divsion as the Water Resources Manager, where he oversees both Water and Wastewater operations, including a combined staff of 150. Joshua graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Gary Horwald is a certified Fleet Manager and responsible for procurement of the City of Santa Barbara’s vehicles and equipment as well as fleet operations and maintenance. Prior to working for the City, Gary was an ASE certified Master Technician, and part of a service management team in the private sector. Gary joined the City of Santa Barbara as a Fleet Supervisor 21 years ago. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara