Board of Retirement Elections

2021 Notice of Special Election for General Member of the Board of Retirement

On October 1, 2021, a General Trustee position on the Board of Retirement of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System became vacant. In accordance with the Board of Retirement elections policy, a special election will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Monday, January 10, 2022 to select a General Member to fill the vacancy of the 2nd Member of the Board of Retirement. The successful candidate will serve the remaining term of the 2nd General Member beginning January 26, 2022 and ending December 31, 2022.

Special Election Notice

Candidate Statements (Public 10-Day Review) Available from November 8 – 19, 2021

My name is David Stevens, and I am running for the General Trustee position on the Board of Retirement of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System. I graduated cum laude from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I am completing my Master of Social Work from the University of Massachusetts, with expected completion by August 2022. I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

I began working for the County of Santa Barbara in July 2021 as an Eligibility Worker. Before joining the County of Santa Barbara, I spent 20 years in the non-profit sector serving in various roles helping to build programs that benefitted inter-city youth. At my core, I am about SERVICE TO OTHERS, and that is what inspires everything that I do. I want to be of service to my fellow county workers by ensuring that the board is fair, just, and transparent for all members and always has the member’s best interests in mind. Everyone deserves to have a voice. I hope to be that voice as I serve on the Board of Retirement. Thank you.

Hello! I hope this statement finds you well. It has been a very tough year and a half, but I’m grateful for the strength and support of my fellow County employees in such uncertain times.

A little about me: I am a Division Manager with the Assessor’s division of the Clerk-Recorder, Assessor, Elections Office. I’ve been employed with the County for eight years. In that time, I’ve worked on tax assessments that required income/expense and discounted cash flow analysis as well as close interaction with other County employees, taxpayers, agents, and attorneys.  I have a BA in History from UCSB, a Master’s in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge, and am a certified California Naturalist. I’m a 15-year resident of Santa Barbara and a proud husband and father.

I plan to bring to this board the same enthusiasm and work ethic I have in my current position. If given the opportunity, I will make the most of this experience and do my absolute best to serve you, the members of SBCERS.

Thank you for your consideration.

Election Calendar

Monday, October 4, 2021 Forward notices to all work sites of the election and nominating procedure via Payroll Clerks.
Monday, October 4, 2021 Notices of vacancy are mailed to the home address of each eligible General member.
Monday, October 4, 2021 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. Instructions to candidates regarding Statement of Qualification and the Form will be included in the Nominating Petition packet along with this calendar.
Monday, November 1, 2021 The deadline for filing nominating petitions is Monday, November 1, 2021 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. 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 Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Any candidate not submitting a statement before the deadline will be considered to have declined to file a statement.
Monday, November 8, 2021 – Friday November 19, 2021 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, December 8, 2021 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. No person shall be eligible to vote unless they are a General Member as of October 31, 2021.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Monday, January 10, 2022 Beginning Wednesday, December 8, 2021, ballots may be cast in manners consistent with the voting instructions. Ballots must be received by Monday, January 10, 2022 via USPS, otherwise they will not be considered. Eligible members not receiving ballots may request a ballot from the Clerk of the Board of Retirement.