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Santa Barbara Acting City Attorney Appointed
updated: Dec 10, 2013, 2:37 PM

Source: SB City

Santa Barbara City Attorney Steve Wiley will retire from his position on December 28, 2013. The City Council has appointed Sarah Knecht to serve as the Acting City Attorney to provide legal guidance to the City Council, the City Administrator, and all City departments.

Since 2004, Knecht has served as Assistant City Attorney advising departments on a variety of municipal law issues. In this position, she has managed all legal aspects of the former Redevelopment Agency, including projects related to downtown revitalization, affordable housing, and the recent dissolution of the Agency. She has represented the City in high-profile lawsuits and municipal code violations. Knecht played a lead role in negotiating the financing of airline terminal improvements and major infrastructure upgrades for water, wastewater, and harbor facilities. Prior to her employment with the City, she worked as an Associate Attorney for Hatch and Parent (Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schrek) and Rutan and Tucker, providing legal services to public agencies ranging from the City of Carpinteria to the Goleta West Sanitary District. She received a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

"Council's appointment of Ms. Knecht as the Acting City Attorney will ensure a smooth transition for the office while a nationwide recruitment is underway," stated Mayor Helene Schneider. "With her experience and background in Santa Barbara municipal issues, I'm confident that she will successfully represent the City in all legal matters."

An executive recruitment process is currently underway with a permanent appointment anticipated by early 2014.


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