The man who’s headed Santa Barbara’s municipal government for more than a decade is going to step down from office later this year.
Jim Armstrong will leave the Santa Barbara City Administrator’s post at the end of September, after 13 years on the job. He’s guided the city through some difficult times, including the recession, and two major brush fires which caused the loss of hundreds of homes.
Among the accomplishments during his tenure was the construction of a new airport terminal, improvements to the water, and wastewater plants, and restoration of the city’s fire department headquarters.
He’s worked in government for 37 years, including time as city manager for Fullerton, and Hanford.
He and his wife Linda plan to stay in Santa Barbara.