Lompoc's City Manager Patrick Wiemiller has been tapped to be the city of Santa Maria's next assistant city manager, Santa Maria officials announced Thursday. 

Outgoing Santa Maria City Manager Rick Haydon, who is retiring on Dec. 5, made the announcement via a statement released to the media moments before the City of Lompoc released a statement announcing Wiemiller's resignation. 

Santa Maria's Assistant City Manager Jason Stilwell will take over for Haydon when he steps down next month. 

The assistant city manager serves primarily as the operations officer for the city manager, dealing with administrative assignments, operational issues, and overseeing the city’s budget process.

Wiemiller comes to Santa Maria after serving nearly four years as the Lompoc City Manager. He previously worked for the City of Fresno as its Director of Public Works and Public Utilities, for the City of Tracy as Public Works Director, and for the Fresno Irrigation District as Chief Administrative Officer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance at California State University, Fresno, and later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the same university.

“I am looking forward with excitement to serving the City of Santa Maria and its people,” Wiemiller said. “In addition, it’s a great opportunity to partner with Jason Stilwell (incoming City Manager) and the Santa Maria City Council to further the quality of life in the community.”

In accordance with his employment contract with the City of Lompoc, Wiemiller submitted a 90-day resignation notice to the Lompoc City Council.

Details of his resignation still need to be worked out, including his final day of employment with the City of Lompoc and who will serve as interim city manager for the City of Lompoc while its city council hires a permanent city manager, according to Lompoc city officials.

“The city conducted a recruitment for the Assistant City Manager position and was able to interview candidates from various parts of the state that applied,” Haydon said. “We were impressed by the caliber of candidates that were interviewed and at the end of the day, chose a local candidate that is familiar with the issues facing the Central Coast. Patrick has a vast and extensive background in municipal services, is very well respected by his peers, and he will be an excellent addition to the City’s executive management team.”

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.

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