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County Picks New General Services Department Director

Matthew Pontes Comes from Kern County


Monday, March 25, 2013
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County officials announced Monday morning the hiring of Matthew Pontes — who comes from Kern County — as new director of Santa Barbara’s General Services Department. Pontes had been in Kern County since 1999, most recently working as its General Services Division Director, and has 18 years of government experience.

Pontes fills a spot vacated by former director Bob Nisbett, who after 12 years left the county last fall to work at the East Bay Regional Park District. Former Assistant CEO Jim Laponis had been filling in as an interim. Pontes, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, also worked in Kern County’s parks department and was a crew supervisor with the Forest Service in the Sequoia National Forest. He also currently teaches courses at Bakersfied College.

Pontes, who starts April 15, takes over a department with 120 employees and an operating budget of $65.2 million. The General Services Department runs the county’s properties, offers support services to all departments, and oversees information technology, buildings, and maintenance.

“We are delighted to have Matt join the County’s leadership team,” said 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal in a statement. “He has significant experience in the field of General Services, a commitment to quality service, and strong leadership skills. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him join the County family.”

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I'm sure he's happy he doesn't have to spend another summer in Kern County and unlike Wallar he'll be glad to live in SB.

CManSB (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 1:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

He'll be glad to live here. It shouldn't take long for him to find out how challenging it is to work for a micro managing BOS in an agency where fiscall irresponsibility is the norm with another multi million dollar deficit this year in excess of $10 million.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It is disappointing that someone couldn't have been promoted from within. As for Pontes, to move here from Kern County has to be delightful.

buckwheat (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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