September 23, 2023
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Santa Barbara city administrator will leave post in September


Santa Barbara City Administrator Paul Casey is stepping down from his role on Sept. 10.

Paul Casey

The city announced his decision July 16. Casey has been with the city of Santa Barbara for 24 years, according to the city’s news release, and in that time has worked on the passage of Measure C, managing the city’s water resources through a drought and restarting the desalination plant, wildfires and the Montecito mud flow, and the pandemic.

“In addition to his excellent daily management of our full-service city, Paul consistently rose to the challenges we faced, from natural disasters to the pandemic, working round-the-clock to ensure everyone’s health, safety, and recovery,” Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo said in the news release. “I congratulate him on the contribution he’s made to the city and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

The city administrator is the city’s top executive and manages the day-to-day operations of City Hall. The post answers directly to the City Council, and in most cities is referred to as “city manager.”

The Santa Barbara City Council will choose an interim city administrator by the time Casey steps down in September.