SANTA BARBARA The Santa Barbara City Council officially confirmed the appointment of Mike Wiltshire as the new Waterfront Director during its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Wiltshire will oversee the operations, maintenance, fiscal management, and long-term capital planning for the Santa Barbara Waterfront, including the harbor and Stearns Wharf, with a staff of 47 employees and a $16 million operating budget, according to a news release.
Mr. Wiltshire is currently the city’s Facilities and Energy Division Manager, where he oversees the maintenance and planned upgrades for a variety of public buildings and facilities that serve the public works, police, fire, parks, recreation and library services. Before working for the city, he worked in the offshore oil industry both locally and internationally. Mr. Wiltshire also worked as a federal contractor for the U.S. Navy, where he managed facilities, energy, and infrastructure projects at Port Hueneme, Point Mugu and San Nicolas Island.
He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in business economics from UCSB.
“I have a lot of respect and personal vested interest when it comes to the Santa Barbara Waterfront. I take this opportunity seriously and look forward to working with the great staff and all those who use our Waterfront for business and recreation” Mr. Wiltshire said in a statement.
Mr. Wiltshire has lived in the Santa Barbara area for 12 years and currently lives in Carpinteria with his wife, Alanna, and two sons, Landon and Wyatt.