Personnel Changes Ahead For City

People are on the move in Goleta.  Two key City of Goleta staff members are in the process of making career changes, one was named to fill a vacancy on the Goleta Union School Board of Trustees and a City Council member is moving out of the City.

Public Works Director, Steve Wagner, has moved over to the Goleta Sanitary District after 11 years of service at the City of Goleta. There he will serve as the Assistant District Manager/Assistant District Engineer.  Rosemarie Gaglione has been appointed Interim Public Works Director while the City looks to permanently fill the position.

The City’s Finance Director, Tina Rivera, has accepted the Chief Financial Officer position at the United Water Conservation District in Ventura County. She will be leaving the City in mid-April after 7½ years of City service.  She has helped guide the City through difficult financial times with a prudent budget. Rivera has been recognized every year for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Management Analyst Luz Reyes-Martin has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Goleta Union School District Board of Trustees.  She was selected by the Board on a unanimous vote from a pool of six candidates.  She will fill the position through the duration of the term which ends in November 2014.

Finally, the City Council expects to have a vacancy in the near future with Councilmember Ed Easton’s decision to purchase a home outside the City limits. Once the resignation is official, the Council will determine a replacement process – likely through appointment or a special election. More information will become available as the Councilmember’s escrow process moves forward.

While these changes are significant, the City is working to create a smooth transition plan that will continue to move us forward.