With simply months to go earlier than price range hearings, the City of Santa Barbara is going through the prospect of probably going by the method with out its prime finance official.
Noozhawk has discovered that Finance Director Robert Samario has been absent from his workplace since early November, after apparently being positioned on go away.
Metropolis Administrator Paul Casey and Metropolis Lawyer Ariel Calonne wouldn’t touch upon Samario’s standing, however a number of Metropolis Corridor sources confirmed that he was positioned on go away and that an investigation by an outdoor agency was underway.
Noozhawk has been unable to substantiate why Samario was positioned on go away or the character of the investigation. It is also unknown whether or not the go away is paid or unpaid.
An electronic mail to Samario’s workplace was returned with the next message: “Finance Director Bob Samario is at present out of the workplace with out entry to electronic mail. If you happen to want help, please contact: … .” The returned electronic mail lists the contacts of six individuals in his workplace.
When requested about Samario’s whereabouts immediately, a member of his workplace employees replied, “He is not in,” with no reply for when he would return.
Noozhawk made a number of makes an attempt to contact Samario, with out response.
Samario’s spouse, Dominique Samario, mentioned she would ahead a message to him looking for remark, however he has not responded.
The town is approaching the beginning of its price range season, which normally begins in April, with hearings in Might and closing selections in June.
Earlier than that, the Finance Division develops a draft spending plan in coordination with varied metropolis departments.
Noozhawk filed a California Public Data Act request looking for a proof for Samario’s absence, however aside from his wage, metropolis officers mentioned they may not reply to questions as a result of they’re “personnel issues.”
Samario began with town on March 4, 1996. His most up-to-date wage was $202,311 yearly, based on John Doimas with the City Attorney’s Office.
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