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110 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454-5190

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Fridays.

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. The office provides effective communication and transparency about City operations through proactive and responsive relations with the news media, and manages the City website, and oversight of local public access television. The office also oversees the Information Technology division, which recommends equipment and software purchases, configures, installs, maintains, and supports the City's ever-changing information and technology needs. 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.  



Jason Stilwell photoJASON STILWELL

City Manager

110 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454-5190
Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2200
City Fax: (805) 349-0657



  • Ph.D. University of Colorado at Denver: Graduate School of Public Affairs
  • Master of Public Administration, San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Arts California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 
  • City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Director of Information Technology and Financial Planning City of San Luis Obispo (interim)
  • City Administrator, City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Assistant County Executive Officer, County of Santa Barbara
  • Parks Director, County of Santa Barbara
  • Assistant Town Manager, Town of Superior, Colorado
  • Management Assistant, City of Westminster, Colorado
  • Management Analyst, City of Thornton, Colorado
  • Project Manager, City of Mountain View
  • Intern, City of San Luis Obispo 


  • Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary
  • Adopt-a-Road
  • Serve Santa Maria
  • Santa Maria Public Library Foundation
  • Santa Maria Police Council
  • Good Samaritan Food Service Team
  • International City Management Association
  • Government Finance Officers’ Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Municipal Management Association of Southern California
  • Local Government Chapter of the American Bar Association 


The City Manager manages the day-to-day operations of the City. Acts as an advisor to the City Council on fiscal and City matters. The City Council sets policy, while the City Manager implements that policy. The Manager works as a facilitator, coordinator and catalyst, developing good working relationships and counting on and seeking out the support of the experts - City department directors, City staff, and the community.


To provide accurate and timely information and recommendations to the City Council in order to make informed decisions, implement policies and programs approved by Council, and manage the day-to-day operations of City services. 

Life, Well Run (video from International City Manager's Association)

 2022-23 Goals and Objectives

  1. Develop a budget that addresses the City’s long-term financial obligations and priorities.

  2. Continue to implement projects eligible for one-time American Rescue Plan Act funding, with the objectives of reimbursing costs incurred and revenue lost as a result of the pandemic, investing in projects that can be completed within the required timeline, and increase ongoing revenue or reduce ongoing costs, and strengthen the City’s financial position.

  3. Continue upgrading and improving communications hardware, software, and security, led by the Information Technology division, to support departments and facilities, and improve public access and services.

  4. Relocate the City Manager’s Office staff within the remodeled City Hall offices.

  5. Complete the Smart City, Safe City vision plan, and operationalize its advisory committee and communication effort.

  6. Support the Economic Development partnership with the Chamber by employing structured project management approach to Downtown redevelopment and a coalition of support to the regional effort of expanding commercial activity at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

  7. Review and update personnel policies and procedures, municipal codes, City Administrative Memorandums (“CAMs”), and create an employee handbook.

  8. Establish a plan to implement all aspects of the Alignment Project, to create and sustain an organizational culture that continuously strives to improve the quality of City services and inspires customer-based solutions with an engaged workforce.

  9. Establish a performance management program in conjunction with the automation and implementation of the PERFORM Module to track employee performance to increase transparency and employee engagement between employees and managers/supervisors.

  10. Enhance organization-wide cybersecurity by implementing a variety of tools including multi-factor authentication, a cyber security analyst, and an artificial intelligence-based, security scanning platform to detect and notify IT staff of cybersecurity events.


Citywide Organizational Chart
City Manager's Office Organizational Chart

*The City Manager is an appointed officer identified in Government Code Section 87200 and files statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the Statements of Economic Interests filed by the City Manager may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 110 E. Cook Street, Room 3, Santa Maria, CA 93454. The Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at


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