Santa Barbara City Attorney Retires
updated: Aug 16, 2013, 10:35 AM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
After more than 30 years of public service with the City, Santa Barbara City Attorney Stephen Wiley has
announced that he will retire from his position in December and enter the private practice of law in
As City Attorney, Mr. Wiley oversees an office staff consisting of five attorneys and their support staff to
provide legal guidance to the City Council, the City Administrator, and all City departments, as well as
representing the City in any litigation filed against or on behalf of the City.
During his tenure in the City Attorney's office, Mr. Wiley has worked on a number of important City and
Redevelopment Agency projects, including the 1989 development of the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center,
the City's 1998 Chase Palm Park Expansion project, the City's acquisition and rehabilitation of the
Historic 1905 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, and the financing and construction of several Downtown
parking structures and lots.
According to Mayor Helene Schneider, "Steve has been an exceptional resource for the City Council on
numerous policy issues. We've appreciated his candid approach and advice, keeping the City's best
interest at heart."
Prior to joining the City in 1983, Mr. Wiley worked as a deputy city attorney specializing in
redevelopment law for the City of Costa Mesa and, before that, as a deputy public defender in Orange
The City is planning a nationwide recruitment to fill the position.
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