The invited speaker at the February 16 meeting of The Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley at the IHOP restaurant was Santa Maria City Manager Rick Haydon.
The City Manager's Office provides overall direction and coordination of City operations to ensure that the City Council's adopted service goals are met or exceeded, and that costs do not exceed budget restrictions.
This office continually evaluates the City's organizational structure as it relates to requirements for effective, efficient and economical public service.
The City Clerk, Human Resources and Risk Management divisions are part of the office, which also includes contracted services for economic development and oversight of local public access television.
The City Manager's Office works closely with the City Council by developing, advising and making recommendations to the Council on policies, programs and various business matters, and implementing the Council's decisions.
The following background information about Mr. Haydon
comes from the City of Santa Maria website.
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT: • B.S. California State University, Fresno • M.A. Golden Gate University, San Francisco • City Manager, City of Santa Maria • Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Maria • Assistant to the City Manager, City of Santa Maria • Budget and Employee Relations Manager, City of Dinuba • Financial Analyst, City of Dinuba • Business Manager, Monterey Police Department • Grants Administrator, Monterey-Salinas Transit • Special Projects Manager, Monterey-Salinas Transit •Management Analyst, City of Fresno COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: • Santa Maria Noontime Rotary, Program Chair • Board of Directors, Central Coast Chapter, Fellowship of Christian Athletes • International City/County Management Association • California Public Employers Labor Relations Association • Municipal Management Association of Southern California • League of California Cities Mr. Haydon will be discussing a hot topic which is the Santa Maria City Sales Tax measure that will be voted upon in the upcoming June Primary Election.