• Assistant City Manager Andrew Hackleman Receives Appointment to Governor’s Military Council

    City of Santa Maria Assistant City Manager Andrew Hackleman was recently appointed to the Governor’s Military Council.

    “It’s an honor to be appointed and to be able to serve in this statewide role that supports important community and military installation needs, right here in Santa Maria,” Hackleman said.

    “The Governor’s Military Council exists to protect California’s more than 30 military installations and their associated operations,” Hackleman explained. “When it comes to local impact, we on the Central Coast have several military installations and of course that includes Santa Maria’s partner and neighbor, Vandenberg Space Force Base – a National asset right in our back yard we must only protect but advocate to expand, because it is important for our Nation’s defense and for the vitality of our economy.”

    A retired U. S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Hackleman joined the City of Santa Maria leadership team in July as Assistant City Manager. Prior to his current position, Hackleman was an executive with a regional nonprofit focused on job growth.

    “My background is in analysis, policy, logistics and strategy. My experience working in economic development has really helped me to find ways to support the community, and to learn about the diverse cities and communities in SLO and Santa Barbara Counties,” Hackleman explained. “Along the way, I came to really appreciate the important role local government has in providing essential services and enabling people and businesses to thrive.”

    Hackleman is excited to now be serving alongside City Manger Jason Stilwell as Assistant City Manager for Santa Maria. “I’m eager to learn all I can about local government (and there is a LOT), and I’m working hard to serve the staff and community by drawing on my previous leadership and economic development experience.”

    We congratulate Andrew Hackleman on his recent appointment to the Governor’s Military Council, and are thankful to have him as part of the local leadership serving our Santa Maria Valley community!