Welcome to Santa Barbara County Human Resources Department


Wednesday, December 25, 2019 through 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

In observance of


I invite you to explore the various new pages designed with you in mind. In fact, HR has made several significant changes the last several months. They say true transformation comes from the inside out. HR has been undergoing this kind of transformation and not just with our building.

As we closed FY 2018/19, HR focused on aligning and integrating HR structures and systems to the County's Renew '22 efforts. We now enter the new fiscal year focusing on the following four priorities:

  • Create a Feedback Culture for transparency and collaboration
  • Keep Top Talent Inspired to retain and engage a creative workforce
  • Implement Digital Solutions to transform how we work
  • Establish strong internal controls for operational effectiveness

The set of HR Priorities lays the foundation for the shift the department is prepared to make as we move toward Renew '22 achievements. Albert Einstein said," It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." Establishing these priorities has, in fact, required a commitment from the HR team to re-invent itself and innovate in the way we think of our work. We want to engage with our applicants, partner with our employees and learn from the workforce. You will see several opportunities for this throughout the coming year.

As we lean into the future, I invite you to stop by to chat or to problem solve with us in our newly established collaboration workspace or drop me an email. We want to hear from you and learn how together we can continue to make the County of Santa Barbara a supportive and inclusive workplace where diverse, engaged employees can do their best work and, as a result of that effort, the community can live its best life.

One County. One Future.

Maria Elena De Guevara
Director of Human Resources