Paul Casey was appointed as City Administrator in January 2015. As the City Administrator, he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and head of the administrative branch of the City government, responsible for the proper administration of all affairs of the City. He reports directly to the City Council.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Casey had 17 years of experience with the City of Santa Barbara, including serving as the Assistant City Administrator for four years. In this role, he provided leadership and guidance on the development of the annual budget and many citywide projects and policy issues. He also provided oversight to the Community Development, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Library, and Airport Departments. Before that, Mr. Casey served as the Community Development Director for eight years. He also served as the Director of the Public Works Department, the City’s largest department, in an interim capacity. Prior to joining Santa Barbara, he worked with the City of Santa Monica as the Assistant to the Director of Planning and Community Development, Senior Planner, and Transportation Planner.
Mr. Casey received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Irvine and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ariel Calonne was appointed as City Attorney in March 2014. In this role, he is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to the City Council, Boards and Commissions, and all City officers and employees, and represents the City in civil and criminal litigation. He manages a staff of attorneys and legal support professionals. He reports directly to the City Council.
From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Calonne served as the City Attorney for the City of San Buenaventura. Prior to his employment with Ventura, he served as the City Attorney for the cities of Palo Alto and Boulder, Colorado for a combined 17 years. While working in private practice, he served as city attorney for the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, and provided legal services to the cities of Corona, Redlands, Banning, Desert Hot Springs, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Carson, and Perris.
Mr. Calonne received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California at Riverside and a law degree at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
Rebecca Bjork was appointed Assistant City Administrator January 2021 and currently Interim Community Development Director
Ms. Bjork was Public Works Director from 2014 to December 2020. She has over 32 with the City. From 2007 to 2014, she served as the City’s Water Resources Manager. Before that, she served in various other technical, supervisory, and management roles in the Water Resources Division.
Ms. Bjork received a Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and a Master’s degree from California State University, Northridge.
Joshua Haggmark stepped into the Acting Public Works Director in January 2021. As the Public Works Director he oversees Water, Wastewater, Streets, Transportation Planning, Downtown Parking, Engineering, Fleet, and Facilities. Mr. Haggmark reports to the City Administrator.
Mr. Haggmark has been with the City for over 20 years serving in various roles. Prior to being the Acting Public Works Director Mr. Haggmark spent over 7 years as the Water Resources Manager for the City from 2013-2021. Prior to be the Water Resources Manager Mr. Haggmark held several position within Public Works Engineering from 1999-2013, with the last 5 years as a Principal Civil Engineer overseeing Capital Projects throughout the City.
Mr. Haggmark is a registered Civil Engineer and graduate from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Jessica Cadiente was appointed as Library Director in February 2016. As the Library Director, she oversees library systems for both the City and County of Santa Barbara, including the following library branches: Central Santa Barbara, Eastside Santa Barbara, Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Montecito, and Solvang. She reports to the City Administrator.
Ms. Cadiente brings over 10 years of experience working in public libraries. Prior to her appointment as Library Director, Ms. Cadiente served as the Library Services Manager. Before Santa Barbara, she served as the Library Director for the City of Lompoc, and held other management and librarian positions in Lompoc, Flagstaff (AZ), and Peoria (AZ) libraries.
Ms. Cadiente received a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Library & Information Science degree from San Jose State University.
Acting Fire Chief Chris Mailes was appointed on October 23, 2020. Chief Mailes assumed the position after the retirement of Fire Chief Eric Nickel. Chief Mailes oversees the eight station fire department with 104 employees.
A 28-year member of the SBFD, Chief Mailes previously held the rank of Battalion Chief and was most recently assigned to the Operations Division as a shift BC. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Department’s Training Officer.
A native of the City of Santa Barbara, Chief Mailes grew up on the Mesa, attended local schools and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCSB. He holds a Chief Officer Certification from the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. He is also a state licensed paramedic.
Mike Wiltshire was appointed Waterfront Director in February of 2020. As Waterfront Director, he oversees the operations, maintenance, fiscal management and long-term capital planning for the Santa Barbara Waterfront, including the Harbor and iconic Stearns Wharf. The Waterfront is comprised of a full-time staff of 48, an 1100 slip marina, 61 tenants, parking operations, Harbor Patrol, and a $16 million operating budget. Mr. Wiltshire reports to Paul Casey, the City Administrator.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Wiltshire had several years of experience with the City’s Public Works Department. Most recently serving as the City’s Facilities & Energy Manager. Prior to working with the City of Santa Barbara, Mr. Wiltshire worked internationally in the offshore oil & gas industry and as a federal contractor for the U.S. Navy where he managed facilities, energy, and infrastructure projects.
Mr. Wiltshire received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Keith DeMartini was appointed Finance Director in October 2020. In this role, he oversees all financial operations of the City, including the functions of budget management, treasury and cashiering, investment management, utility billing, business license, accounting operations, payroll, accounts payable, purchasing and risk management.
Mr. DeMartini has over 15 years of public sector financial management experience. Most recently, he served as the Finance Director for the City of San Bruno from 2018 to 2020. Before that, he served in various financial, IT and project management roles for the City and County of San Francisco
Mr. DeMartini received a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Financial Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University.
Henry L. Thompson was appointed as Airport Director in January 2019. As Airport Director, Mr. Thompson oversees the operations, maintenance, fiscal management, and long-term capital planning for the Santa Barbara Airport serving over 700,000 passengers and managing the Airport’s 950 acres, including 400 acres of wetlands and 95 acres of commercial/industrial property. He reports to the City Administrator.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Thompson had 35 years of airport management experience. Most recently he served as the Airport Director for the Shreveport (LA) Airport. His prior experience includes various management positions at the City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission and the San Jose Airport. He also served as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Thompson received a Bachelor’s degree from the National University in San Diego and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
Jill Zachary was appointed Parks and Recreation Director in December 2015. As Parks and Recreation Director, she oversees numerous recreation and sports facilities and activities; an 18-hole golf course; creeks and water-quality improvement programs; 60 developed parks, beaches and open spaces; and an urban forest of more than 35,000 street and park trees. She reports to the City Administrator.
Before her appointment as director, Ms. Zachary worked with the City of Santa Barbara for almost 17 years, most recently as the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director from 2007 to 2015. Previously, she held the positions of Creek Restoration and Water Quality Manager, and Project Planner. Prior to joining the City, she managed projects and performed research for the Community Environmental Council, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and the State of Massachusetts urban park system.
Ms. Zachary received a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.