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Santa Barbara gets new City Administrator

City of Santa Barbara

Executive from the City of Hayward selected for Santa Barbara post.

The City of Santa Barbara has a new leader. Kelly McAdoo has been appointed as Santa Barbara’s City Administrator.

She comes to Santa Barbara from the City of Hayward, where she was City manager and Chief Executive Officer since 2016. Before that, McAdoo was an executive with the cities of Palo Alto, and Fremont.

She was selected by the Santa Barbara City Council following a nationwide search. McAdoo will officially join the city in May.

She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Rebecca Bjork, who stepped down in December.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.