Assistant City Administrator Will Retire
updated: Sep 17, 2013, 2:22 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
After more than 38 years of public service, 18 with the City, Santa Barbara, Assistant City Administrator,
Marcelo A. López, will retire in December.
As Assistant City Administrator he supervised the Finance and Library Departments and served as the
Director of Administrative Services supervising the Human Resources, Labor Relations, Information
Technology and City Clerk Division Managers.
During his tenure with the City of Santa Barbara, Mr. López worked on significant City assignments
including the Downtown Waterfront Vision Project, which earned him the 1997-1998 Citizen's Planning
Association Public Servant of the Year Award. He also played an active role in media relations.
In 2001, Mr. López was responsible for managing the first in a series of "State of the City
presentations," which have now become an annual tradition. In 2007 he was instrumental in
transitioning municipal elections from the County to the City.
Mr. López managed the development of the City's first Legislative Platform and managed a variety of
high profile projects including the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force, the South Coast Task Force
on Youth Gangs, and the Measure B Creeks Restoration Initiative.
"Marcelo has been tremendous asset in helping address some of our community's most difficult issues
such as gang violence, homelessness, and neighborhood deterioration," stated Jim Armstrong, City
Administrator. "I consider him both a colleague and a close friend. He will certainly be missed,"
Prior to joining the City of Santa Barbara in 1995, Mr. Lopez served for 9 years with the City of Stockton
and 13 years with the County of San Joaquin.
In San Joaquin County, he was responsible for an award winning program that consolidated economic
development, business financing, attraction and retention, employment training, and human services
under one administrative structure. He simultaneously worked with seven Boards of Directors with
independent administrative structures.
After taking some time to rest, Mr. López plans to engage in interim management assignments and
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