Board of Retirement Elections

2022 Elections for the Board of Retirement

Elections will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – Wednesday, October 12, 2022, to select the Safety and Alternate Safety Members of the Board of Retirement of Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System (SBCERS) (full 3-year terms from January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2025). The candidate with the most votes is the voting member. The runner-up in the category of Sheriff or Fire who is not in the same safety category as the voting member is the alternate.

Candidate Statements

Frederick Tan – Fire Battalion Chief, Santa Barbara County Fire Department

My name is Frederick Tan and I currently serve as the Safety Trustee on the SBCERS Board of Retirement. I am a Battalion Chief with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and have proudly served the citizens of this County for the last 17 years. I seek re-election to the SBCERS Board for my sixth term in order to provide the retirees and current employees of the County of Santa Barbara a dignified retirement.

As the most tenured Board Member of SBCERS, I have earned certificates through the Wharton School, UC Berkeley’s Haas Schools of Business and UCLA’s Andersen School of Business; as well as, attended multiple conferences covering a wide variety pension topics and investment options.

Over the last 15 years, I have served as Board Chair for three terms, taken part in five SBCERS Actuarial Experience studies, our continually evolving Asset Allocation process, the hiring of three SBCERS CEOs, two pension consulting firms and our current actuarial firm.

I ask for your vote to serve as the Safety Trustee for the next three years.


Ryan Sullivan – Incumbent Alternate, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

I have served as the safety alternate on the Board of Retirement of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System (SBCERS) since January 2017. During my time on the board, I have represented the interests of current and former safety members. I am committed to preserving retirement benefits for retired, current and future members of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System. I am focused on preserving benefits for safety members and ensuring that the sacrifices you make everyday are rewarded in retirement. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. I have represented both the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and Sheriff’s Manager’s Association on the Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee and in contract negotiations with the county for several years. I have also been a member of several boards and commissions, including as a board member on the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Sheriff’s Manager’s Association. I look forward to continuing to serve as one of your safety representatives on the Board of Retirement of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System (SBCERS) and I appreciate your vote and your continuing support.


Paul Uhl – Sheriff’s Sergeant, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

My name is Paul Uhl and I am running for the open Safety Member seat on the SBCERS Board of Retirement. I am 48 years old, the father of two young boys and my wife is an ICU nurse at a local hospital.  I have worked for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department for over 21 years. I am currently a Sheriff’s Sergeant assigned to our training bureau where I oversee field training for deputies countywide. I just spent 3 1/2 years as the supervisor in our Human Resources Bureau leading operations related to workers’ compensation, disability, and retirement issues. I learned the importance and function of the SBCERS Retirement Board during my time as a supervisor in HR. I would like to continue my service with the other members of the SBCERS Retirement Board and proudly represent the Safety Plan membership. I know how crucial it is to invest wisely to protect our benefits. I look forward to partnering with other Safety plan members and our counterparts at Santa Barbara County Fire and Probation as we move forward through these challenging times.

Election Calendar

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 Election Notice is mailed to the home address of each eligible voting member.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 Nominating petitions will be available at SBCERS Offices upon request at 130 Robin Hill Road, Suite 100, Goleta, CA 93117 or 2236 South Broadway, Suite D, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or on our website www.sbcers.org/board-elections/, or County Intranet. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Members wishing to pick up a nominating petition should call to schedule an appointment in advance. Candidate instructions regarding Nomination Petitions will be included in the Nomination Packet along with this calendar.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 The deadline for filing nominating petitions is Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. To qualify, a candidate must be nominated by not less than 15 nor more than 25 SBCERS members in the same category, i.e., General or Safety. 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 Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Any candidate not submitting a statement before the deadline will be considered to have declined to file a statement.
Tuesday, August 16 – 29, 2022 The candidate statements will be available for review online at www.sbcers.org/board-elections/ and in the SBCERS offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria upon request. 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, no election is held and that person is declared the winner.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Eligible voters in this election who have a valid email address on file with SBCERS will be emailed login credentials and voting instructions on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Eligible voters who do not have a valid email address will be identified before the election period and mailed online voting instructions by USPS on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, as well as a paper ballot and pre-paid return envelope as an alternate voting method.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Eligible voters will be able to cast their votes online or by paper ballot beginning Wednesday, September 14, 2022, through the closing of the election on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. The online voting system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the voting period. Paper ballots must be received in the pre-paid return envelope by the Elections Provider by Wednesday, October 12, 2022.
Thursday, October 13, 2022 Ballots are counted.