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January 10, 2019
Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara is among the world's most desirable places to work and live. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara represents the essence of Southern California -- the art and culture of a metropolitan city with the heart and hospitality of a small, beautiful coastal town. Located just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara provides a unique living environment. The City offers its approximately 90,000 residents a year-round mild climate with an average temperature in the 70s, magnificent beaches, mountains and parks within minutes of a bustling downtown.

Among the City's many amenities are excellent healthcare services, abundant shopping and dining, harbor facilities, a municipal golf course and an active civic community life. Institutions of higher learning include the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, Antioch University and the Santa Barbara College of Law. With so many choices of restaurants, cultural events, outdoor recreations and leisure activities, Santa Barbara offers something for every taste and lifestyle. Santa Barbara is truly a magnificent and unique place to live and work.


Santa Barbara is managed by the Council/City Administrator form of government. City government services are provided by ten departments: Administrative Services, Airport, Community Development, Finance, Fire, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police, Public Works, and Waterfront. The City Administrator is also the appointed City Clerk/Treasurer. Santa Barbara has 1,036 full-time equivalent employees, a $407 million budget for fiscal year 2019, and eight recognized bargaining units. The seven-member City Council is elected by district except the Mayor, who is elected at-large.

The City provides a full scope of services to the community, including public safety (fire and police), library, parks, recreation, planning, engineering, water, storm drain, refuse, and wastewater; and includes a municipal airport, golf course, and harbor.

Santa Barbara serves as the county seat as well as the county's financial and retail center. Research and development, high tech, and light industry businesses play an important role in Santa Barbara's economy. Year-round tourism also produces jobs and revenue to the City.


Our motto "Dedicated to Serve" captures our commitment to ensure a safe and secure place for people to live, work and enjoy our community.

The mission of the Santa Barbara Police Department is to provide for the public safety through the philosophy of community oriented policing, built on a foundation of the six pillars of 21st Century Policing. It is to protect and serve our community where all people can live in peace without fear of crime. It is to ensure a professional quality of service and accountability to the citizens of Santa Barbara and to all who should call upon our service.

The Police Department is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the City of Santa Barbara. Working in partnership with the community, quality and professional law enforcement services are provided in a fair and efficient manner.

The Field Operations Division provides police services to the community that includes 24-hour patrol response to calls for service, traffic enforcement, gang suppression, crisis response teams and restorative policing services for the homeless and mentally ill.

The Investigative/Internal Operations Division conducts follow-up investigations from initial crime reports that include crimes against persons, property, narcotics, gangs, schools, and forensic investigations.

The Community/Support Services Division provides support services to the entire organization. These services include training and recruitment, information technology, records, evidence management, crime analysis, animal control, fleet management, community policing, permits and management of police facilities.


"We, the members of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of our community through the preservation of life, property and the environment"

The City of Santa Barbara Fire Department, has operated continuously since 1881, providing vital services to the local community. The department consists of 3 divisions: Administration, Operations and Training, and Fire Prevention, staffed by 105 employees, with all divisions reporting to the Fire Chief. With 90 firefighters assigned to the Operations Division, providing emergency response to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the department responds to approximately 10,742 calls a year.

The department serves an average daily population of 123,000 people in our geographical area, this includes 90,000 residents, and many visitors who visit our beautiful city and are within the 23 square mile City jurisdiction.

The department maintains eight fire stations including one station that serves the Santa Barbara Airport. The Department provides first response EMT's as well as several specialty positions such as Hazmat, USAR, ocean rescue and wild land firefighting.

The Public Safety Communications Center handles all City Fire apparatus dispatching and interacts with several other fire/EMS dispatch centers. Strong emphasis is placed on automatic and mutual aid agreements with neighboring agencies. The dispatch center provides Emergency Medical Dispatching using Priority Dispatch Corporation's "ProQA" software as mandated through an agreement with the Santa Barbara County EMS Agency.

The fire department currently has several projects in the works including GPS dispatching and implementing a state-of-the-art fire station alerting system that will include automated, computerized dispatching via the existing communications center.



Under the direction of a Police Captain, and in collaboration with an assigned Fire Battalion Chief, the Public Safety Communications Manager is responsible for the operations and management of all aspects of our state-of-the art Combined Communication Center.

This position will be charged with managerial oversight to select, train and evaluate assigned staff to maintain the highest standards of service, utilizing the talent of a dedicated team of professionals serving the community.


The ideal candidate will be an innovative professional with honed communication skills who possesses a combination of technical and managerial skills to lead, motivate and direct the activities of multiple professional Public Safety Communications personnel.

The ideal candidate will have comprehensive knowledge and experience with the practices of modern public safety dispatch and communications in a large, high volume Public Safety Communication Center, including experience with planning, directing, and implementing departmental policies and procedures while staying abreast of current technologies in emergency communications systems; and has EMD experience.

The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator able to independently work under stressful situations, and represent the division in a positive and credible manner within the community, and with municipal, state and federal officials; establishing short-range and long-range plans and objectives / budgets to move the center forward in service to the community. The successful candidate will keep up to date of changes in policy, methods, operations, budgetary and equipment needs, as they pertain to departmental operations and activities, providing the best service available to the City of Santa Barbara and the employees this position oversees.


It is important that your application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess which qualifies you for this position. All applications, resumes, and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview panel. The successful candidate's employment history and background will be thoroughly evaluated prior to appointment.



THE ANNUAL SALARY is within an established range, based on qualifications and experience. INCREASES, through the top of the salary range, are tied to job performance. Employees receive annual performance reviews.


Note: Part-time employees receive pro-rated benefits, e.g., 50%, 60%, etc.

  • The City is a member of the Coastal Housing Partnership, which offers home loan assistance and rental reductions.

  • 9/80: Standard Citywide 9/80 work schedule with closures on alternate Fridays.

  • Flexwork/Telecommuting is available.

  • Vacation is accrued at 120 hours / year, increasing with City service.

  • Management Leave (40 hours) is provided each July 1st (pro-rated the first year).

  • Personal Leave (32 hours) is provided each July 1st (pro-rated the first year).

  • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 96 hours / year. Also, after 5 years accrue 16 hours / year up to 240 hours max in non-replenishable bank.

  • Holidays: 10 holidays (80 hours) are observed / year.

  • Retirement: PERS Miscellaneous formula: "Classic" members: 2.7% @ 55; employee contributes 10.726% of salary. "New" members: 2% @ 62; employee contributes 6.75% of salary. PERS Police Safety Formula: "Classic" members: 3% @ 50; employee contributes 3% of salary. "New" members: 2.7% @ 57; employee contributes 12.75% of salary. PERS Fire Safety Formula: "Classic" members: 3% @ 50; employee contributes 2.982% of salary. "New" members: 2.7% @ 57; employee contributes 11.25% of salary. The City does not participate in Social Security.

  • Insurance including medical, dental and vision benefits is available under a group plan. Cafeteria 125 Plan: The City will contribute $1,676 / month. The employee distributes this money toward the various cafeteria plan options.

  • Life Insurance: City-paid term life insurance (1 x annual salary) is provided.

  • Employee Assistance Program: A City-paid EAP is available for employees and members of their household.

  • Long-term Disability Insurance is provided.

  • Short-term Disability Insurance is available.

  • Deferred Compensation Savings Plans (457) are available to employees through a deferred compensation program.

  • Uniform allowance will be provided by the City to those employees required to wear a uniform.

  • Employee must pay an amount equal to 1.45% of salary toward Medicare. An equal amount is paid by the City.

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    Describe your experience with Public Safety Emergency Communication Centers. Please be detailed in explaining your previous experience, employers, length of employment, and duties assigned. What skills did you attain that qualify you for this position with the City of Santa Barbara?

      Please describe your experience supervising or managing staff in a public safety communication environment. Include the number of staff, and your tenure in the supervisor / manager role.


        Why do you feel that this position at the Combined Communication Center with the Santa Barbara Police Department is right for you at this time in your career?

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