Kristine Schmidt Appointment Director
updated: Jun 03, 2014, 7:33 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
The City Council confirmed the appointment of Kristine Schmidt as Administrative
Services Director. She has served in this position on an interim basis since
Kristine ("Kristy") will oversee the Administrative Services Department that
includes the divisions of Information Systems, Human Resources, and City Clerk
Services, providing assistance to 1,500 regular and hourly employees and the
community at large. She will manage 27 employees and a budget totaling $5
Since 1997, Kristy has played a lead role in developing and implementing human
resources programs and policies. As the City's Employee Relations Manager since
2003, she has advised the City Council and staff on changes to employee
compensation and public employment. She has served as the City's chief labor
negotiator to engage in collective bargaining and reach agreements with eight
employee labor unions on compensation, benefits, and working conditions. Her
negotiation experience also includes citywide services for solid waste, natural
gas, cable services, and employee health insurance. Prior to joining the City,
she served as the Regional Training Manager and Human Resources Manager for
Macy's West in San Francisco and Director of Human Resources for Looking Glass
Youth & Family Services in Eugene, OR.
Kristy received a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa
Barbara and a Juris Doctor (law) Degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law.
She passed the California Bar exam in 2003.
According to City Administrator Jim Armstrong, "Over the past five months,
Kristy has done an excellent job in managing the Administrative Services team
and balancing her role as the City's chief labor negotiator. I'm confident that
she will successfully lead the department."
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