During a final farewell ceremony, longtime county attorney Alan Seltzer received a standing ovation from the five county supervisors and a tearful farewell from his boss, the normally sardonic Shane Stark. Seltzer is leaving to take a job with the City of Santa Monica. During his 17-year tenure in the Santa Barbara County Counsel’s office, Seltzer frequently found himself at ground zero in nasty land use disputes pitting property rights against environmental safeguards. Through it all, Seltzer managed to retain not only his composure and professionalism, but also his dignity and humor. Seltzer said his job afforded him a rare education in the art – and discipline – of listening, and he thanked the supervisors for always listening to him as well. Stark got choked up as he said, “You were a brother, you were a friend, you were loved, and you will be missed.”

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