Santa Barbara City Finance Director Retires
Robert Samario (top left) pictured with Santa Barbara City Department Heads [Photo: City of Santa Barbara]
By edhat staff
The City of Santa Barbara Finance Director, Robert Samario, has announced retirement after 24 years.
Samario was appointed Finance Director in July 2010 and served as the City’s Assistant Finance Director for more than 14 years. He coordinated the development of the City’s two-year financial plans and annual budgets and provided oversight to the divisions of Treasury, Accounting, Risk Management, Purchasing, and Environmental Services. He managed 47 employees and a $6 million department budget.
“It has been an honor and pleasure to work for the City of Santa Barbara for the last 24 years,” said Samario. “The City does great work on behalf of the community and I am proud to have worked with so many talented people dedicated to making the City a great place to live and visit. I am looking forward to the next chapter working in the private sector providing services to local governments, which is where my career started.”
Samario has been out of the office since November after allegedly being placed on leave due to an investigation, according to reports from Noozhawk.
At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nina Johnson, Senior Assistant to the City Administrator, sent a press release announcing Samario's retirement. There was no mention of his long absence. Before Wednesday, the City had not commented other than stating it is a "personnel matter."
A recruitment process will be conducted to fill the executive position. Finance and Treasury Manager Jennifer Tomaszewski will serve as Interim Finance Director while the recruitment is underway.