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  • Former Fire Chief Michael W. Dyer Appointed As Interim County Fire Chief - Former Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Michael W. Dyer will serve as the County's Interim Fire Chief beginning November 5 upon the retirement of current Chief Eric Peterson who is leaving after 31 years of service to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Dyer, who served as County Fire Chief for almost six years until his retirement in 2015, agreed to serve in the interim role while the County searches for its next chief. Read the press release.

  • The Public Works Department will host free Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection events on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00-1:00 in New Cuyama and Sunday, October 7 from 9:00-2:00 in Santa Ynez.  Bring items like used motor oil, paint, pesticides, TVs, computers equipment, cell phones, and much more. Visit for details.

  • Para poder comunicarnos con usted en el caso de una emergencia y brindarle a usted y a su familia información de emergencia precisa y actualizada, por favor tómese unos minutos para responder a esta breve encuesta de comunicaciones antes del 23 de septiembre de 2018. Esta información será vital para ayudar a los oficiales del condado y las agencias de seguridad pública a saber cómo y cuándo contactar e informar a las personas durante y después de emergencias locales.

  • The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is looking for volunteers to serve as poll workers for the November 6, 2018 Consolidated General Election. Community participation is key to staffing the nearly 170 precinct boards for the election. Large employers in the county can show support by allowing and encouraging their employees to participate. Read full Press Release

  • Looking to file an application to reduce your property tax assessment? The Assessment Appeals filing period is now open from July 2, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Click here for more information on the Assessment Appeals process, mandatory filing fees, and to download the current form.

  • In the event of a power outage, local radio stations become an important source for emergency information. Visit this link for a list of stations to check if you lose power and cannot access the internet.

    Radio Ready