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City Hires Three New Management Team Members

Post Date:08/02/2017 12:11 PM

The City of Goleta is pleased to announce the hiring of three new management team members – the Deputy City Manager, the Finance Director and the Planning and Environmental Review Director.

Carmen Nichols will join the City as the Deputy City Manager.  She has spent over 22 years working for the City of Port Hueneme, most recently as the Deputy City Manager with a background in Human Resources, Public Works and Information Technology.  She holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne and a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. She will start her position at the City of Goleta on August 21.

Luke Rioux, the City’s Interim Finance Director, has been selected to fill the Finance Director position.  Prior to serving as the Interim Director, Rioux was the City’s Accounting Manager.  He came to the City from the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District where he served as the Fiscal Officer.  He is a UCSB Alumni and will begin his role as Finance Director immediately.

Peter Imhof has been chosen as the Planning and Environmental Review Director.  He comes to the City from Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) where he was the Deputy Executive Director, Planning Division.  He has also worked for the County of Santa Barbara in the Planning and Environmental Review Division, the California Coastal Commission, and as an attorney.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University, a Master of City Planning and Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley.  He will begin work at the City of Goleta on August 15.

City Manager Michelle Greene said, “I am thrilled that the City has been able to attract three highly qualified individuals for these important management positions. The process for each was extremely competitive and I believe the unique qualities and strengths these individuals bring will round out our team nicely."