Thank You, Kristy Schmidt

The City’s former Assistant City Manager is settling in as the new Human Resources Director for the County of Santa Barbara. The Council and staff wanted to make sure she felt appreciated before her last day on December 30 for the positive impact she left on the City. Kristine “Kristy” Schmidt was presented with a City Tile at the December 19, 2023, City Council meeting in appreciation of her dedication, professionalism, and commitment to the City of Goleta during her nearly five years of service.

The Council praised Ms. Schmidt for her “can-do” spirit, enthusiasm, cheerfulness and integrity. Mayor Paula Perotte said, “You always make yourself available and you are so kind and professional. We wish you well and will miss you.”

Upon receiving her City Tile Ms. Schmidt said, “It has been an enormous honor to serve as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Goleta. I have been so lucky to work for two incredible City Managers and with a management team and staff that is dedicated, energized and high performing throughout the organization.” She also addressed and thanked the City Council and said, “I am so impressed with how you bring your attention, intelligence and heart to everything that affects this City. I look forward to seeing what you do next and watching Goleta thrive.”

View the tile presentation on the City website at (item C.1).

While her list of accomplishments is lengthy, Kristy served the City during a pivotal time in its history. She helped guide City operations through the COVID-19 pandemic and helped replace and transition to a new City Manager, Robert Nisbet, when Michelle Greene retired.

City Manager Robert Nisbet said, “Kristy’s impact on Goleta will be felt for years to come. She chose public service as her life’s work because of the positive impact you can make. It has been refreshing and an honor to work alongside her.”

Prior to working for the City of Goleta, Ms. Schmidt spent 22 years at the City of Santa Barbara. She began as an Administrative Analyst, became Employee Relations Manager and then Director of Administrative Services. She also spent time in human resources and employee relations. Kristy has a Juris Doctorate from the Santa Barbara College of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Kristy, we are so grateful for all you have done for the City and know you will continue to have a positive impact in this next chapter of your career.

Pictured: Kristy Schmidt (right) receiving her City Tile from Mayor Paula Perotte (left) at the December 19, 2023, City Council meeting