On Tuesday, October 21, the City Council will consider an employment contract for Goleta’s next City Manager at their regularly scheduled City Council meeting. After an extensive search, the City Council has chosen Interim City Manager Michelle Greene as the right person to lead the organization forward. Ms. Greene has been serving as the interim City Manager since May.
A nationwide search for a City Manager was conducted by Bob Murray and Associates and more than 70 qualified candidates applied for the position. The City Council interviewed the most qualified candidates, and following a second round of interviews, authorized the Mayor and City Attorney to negotiate an agreement for employment with their preferred candidate.
Ms. Greene, a Goleta resident, has been with the City for the last ten years. She started out as a Management Analyst and demonstrated her value to the organization, rising to the positions of Administrative Services Director and later Deputy City Manager before filling the Interim City Manager post. In the twelve years prior to coming to Goleta, Ms. Greene held a number of public offices, including the City Clerk/Personnel Manager in Grover Beach and the Assistant City Manager in Escalon.
Ms. Greene graduated from the University of California Berkley before beginning course work on a Masters of Public Policy through the University of Southern California.
Ms. Greene is respected by employees in the organization, residents and business owners in the community and colleagues throughout the region. She has guided the City in the development of some of its most important policies and programs and assured that the organization is moving forward on a sound footing. Her experience within the City has afforded Ms. Greene the perspective necessary for an organizational vision which will effectively implement the policy vision of the City Council.
Goleta’s former City Manager, Dan Singer, resigned in April 2014 to take a position as the City Manager for the City of Poway.