Board Elections


An election will be held September 8 – September 29, 2020, to select three members of the Board of Retirement of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System: one General, one Retired, and one Retired Alternate member. The Board consists of nine members and two alternate members. Four are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, four elected by the active members (current employees), two elected by the retired members, and the County Treasurer is an ex-officio member. The winners of this election will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2021, and ending December 31, 2023.


Candidate Statements (Public 10-Day Review)

General Member Candidates

Xiaoli Zhang-King

My name is Xiaoli Zhang-King, and I am seeking your vote for re-election to a seat on the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System (SBCERS) board. I have served as a Senior Financial Systems Analyst with the Auditor Controller’ Office since 2000. I earned a Master’s in Business Administration, and am very familiar with the County’s payroll, property taxes, financial systems, and how your paycheck is related to your own retirement planning.

As we continue to experience Covid-19’s impact on our economic landscape, public pension systems will face unprecedented challenges. As a first-term incumbent, I have gained experience that will enable me to continue developing effective, prudent strategies and policies that will insure our retirement funds’ long-term health.

We live in a time when returns on investments and contribution levels by employees and the County are facing substantial uncertainties. If re-elected to the SBCERS board, I will continue to advocate for secure and wise investments, and to improve the communication of information with our members and all stakeholders.

I believe that we can maintain and improve our defined benefit pension system, through prudent and informed leadership. Please vote for me – I will advocate for you!

Justin Greene

I welcome the opportunity to serve as your representative to SBCERS. As future retirees, our financial security relies upon the wise and informed stewardship of our Retirement Fund. Especially now, in this uncertain and volatile financial environment, a professional, non-political oversight of our investments is crucial. Based on my educational background and work at the County for almost two decades I will advocate on your behalf to maintain a fiscally strong pension.

I graduated from UCSB in 1997. I began my career at the Auditor’s Office performing audits and where I obtained a CPA license (currently inactive). My work included preparing the County’s annual financial report, reviewing county investments, and addressing various issues related to SBCERS.

I graduated law school in 2008, passed the Bar, and now work as a Deputy District Attorney. As a prosecutor, I have conducted almost thirty jury trials. In addition, I have prosecuted failure to provide child support and government benefit fraud cases referred from DCSS and DSS.

For the last four years, I have served as Treasurer /Secretary for the Deputy District Attorney Association and last year joined the Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee. I ask for your support and vote.

Retired Member Candidate

Zandra Cholmondeley

Fellow retirees, it has been my pleasure to serve for the past 12 years as your representative on the Retirement Board. Over this period, I have worked diligently to preserve and enhance the integrity of the Pension Fund, taking action on investment advisers, asset allocation and the discount rate, all the while keeping you informed.

Securing our health care benefits continues to be of utmost importance. Over this period, benefits to current retirees have been maintained and funding for these benefits has improved considerably.

As the retiree representative on the Health Oversight Committee, I advocate vigorously for lower health insurance costs and better options for retirees.

I represent your interests on the Retirement Board consistently, paying close attention, and advocating for changes, when necessary, to practices and policies which might negatively impact retirees.

Thank you for electing me as retiree trustee. I look forward to continued service as your representative on the Retirement Board. Please vote.

Alternate Retired Member Candidate

Gary Blair

During the last 3 years I have had the honor to serve you as your Trustee. I have kept sight of my responsibility to my fellow retirees to assure our Pension Plan is prudently managed and well-invested. My efforts include my active participation in the regular Board meetings and also being the Chairman of the Board’s Operations Committee and Chairman of the Board’s Robin Hill Road construction project to renovate an office building for the staff to better serve our retirees.

I served for 34 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court. I possess a broad understanding and expertise in the areas of fiscal planning and the ability to interpret executive level financial reports. I am well qualified to understand investment issues and money strategies, human resources, facilities management and employee benefits.

I strive to always represent your best interests.

In these unsettling times Board members must commit themselves unconditionally to the goal of assuring our Pension Plan is solvent and well-managed. It is my continuing commitment to you, as my fellow retirees to ensure that your retirement plan is well protected. I request your support to re-elect me.

Thank you!


Candidate Filing Guides (Nominating Petitions)

Election Calendar

July 6, 2020



Nominating petitions will be available at SBCERS Offices at 130 Robin Hill Road, Suite 100, Goleta, CA 93117 or 2400 Professional Parkway, Suite 150, Santa Maria, CA 93455, or on our website or County Intranet. Instructions to candidates regarding Statement of Qualification and the Form will be included in the Nominating Petition packet along with this calendar. Please note the Santa Maria office will be moving during the period of the election. Those seeking to pick up or drop off forms at the Santa Maria office should either retrieve the forms online or contact the Clerk of the Board of Retirement to arrange for pickup of blank packets and/or delivery of completed packets: call 1-877-568-2940 or email [email protected].
August 10, 2020


Monday, August 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for filing nominating petitions. To qualify, a candidate must be nominated by not less than 10 nor more than 25 SBCERS members in the same category, i.e. General or Retired. Members may make nominations by signing a petition or by providing their names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers to the candidate for submission to the retirement office. Candidates are invited to submit a statement of their qualifications, not to exceed 200 words in length, to be enclosed with the ballot and voting instructions. These must be filed with SBCERS no later than August 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Any candidate not submitting a statement before the deadline will be considered to have declined to file a statement.
August 11 – 24, 2020 The candidate statements will be available for review for ten business days in the SBCERS offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. During that period any member qualified to vote may seek an injunction requiring any or all of the material to be amended or deleted if it is false, misleading, or inconsistent with the requirements for the statement. Written statements may not refer to opponents. The order of appearance of the candidates’ names upon the ballot is determined by Secretary of State of California most recent random alphabet drawing conducted for the state-wide election. If only one member files in any category, no election is held and that person is declared the winner.
September 8, 2020


A ballot containing the names of the candidates, voting instructions, candidate statements and a return envelope will be mailed to the home address of each qualified voting member of SBCERS. General members receive only ballots and statements of the General candidates. Retired members receive only ballots and statements of Retired and Retired Alternate candidates. No person shall be eligible to vote unless they are members as of September 6, 2020.
September 8 – September 29, 2020 Beginning September 8, ballots may be cast in manners consistent with the voting instructions. Ballots cast after 5:00 p.m., September 29, will not be considered. Eligible members not receiving ballots may request a ballot from the Clerk of the Board of Retirement.