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South Coast City Chooses New Head Of Key Department Overseeing Harbor, Wharf

Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf, one of the facilities managed by Santa Barbara's Waterfront Department.

There’s a new leader for a South Coast city’s harbor, wharf, and coastal parking areas. Mike Wiltshire has been appointed as Santa Barbara’s Waterfront Director. He was already a City of Santa Barbara employee, serving as the city’s Facilities and Energy Division Manager.

His career also included managing facilities at Naval Base Ventura County, and for the Navy on San Nicholas Island.

Wiltshire fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Scott Riedman last August, who stepped down after eight years at the helm.

The Waterfront Director is responsible for management of Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf, which are a key part of the city’s tourism and fishing industries. The department has nearly 50 employees, and a $16 million dollar annual budget.

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.