Michael T. Bennett

Michael T. Bennett was elected to the Goleta City Council in 2006, reelected in 2010 and 2014, and is currently a Council member. He Served as Mayor in 2013 and also the 2008 term. 

Bennett is a long-time resident of Goleta, has two adult children and two grand-children. He retired from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as a Fire Battalion Chief after 36 years of service to the community.

In addition to serving on many internal City Committees, Bennett is the City’s representative to the Air Pollution Control District, Community Action Commission Board, Regional Integrated Waste Management Reporting Authority, Santa Barbara Airport Commission, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and the South Coast Affordable Housing Task Group.

Bennett serves on the Board of Directors of the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime since 1990 and served as the President in 1996-97. He has been honored with the Paul Harris Fellow award for his service to the community. He has been a member of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce since 1990, and was named Goleta’s Man of the Year in 2006.


Councilmember Bennett has also been active with the League of California Cities, serving as President of the Channel Counties Division. He has also participated on the League’s Public Safety Policy Committee and Employee Relations Policy Committee.