Betsy Schaffer, CPA, CPFO
Betsy's first professional steps began in the Auditor-Controller's Office in 1991 when she started as an Accountant-Auditor trainee in the New Auditor Training and Development Program. Prior to becoming Assistant Auditor-Controller in June 2016, Betsy was the Division Chief of Financial Reporting, Budget, and Cost. She has also held several other positions in the office such as Chief Deputy Controller, Division Chief over Operations (FACS & Payroll), and Interim Internal Audit Manager. Outside of the county, Betsy has held positions with the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College. She has also been a consultant for a local software company providing consulting services for system implementations, project management, and business process analysis. Betsy is a CPA, CPFO, and graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Ed Price, CPA, CPFO
Ed joined the Auditor-Controller's Office in 1999 as a Financial Systems Analyst. Over the course of his career with the Department he served as Internal Audit Manager, Property Tax Division Chief and most recently Chief Deputy Controller. Ed has had the honor of serving as the President of the Property Tax Managers Subcommittee of the State Association of Auditor-Controllers for five years. Prior to working for the Auditor-Controller, Ed was in the banking and financial services industry for over fifteen years where he held various audit, management and technology roles. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in two states, a member of the AICPA and also holds the Certified Professional Finance Officer designation.
Chief Deputy Controller
Kyle Slattery, CPA, CPFO, CGFM
Kyle began working in the Auditor-Controller's Office in 2004 as an Assistant Accountant in the Property Tax Division. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Minor in Economics, Kyle worked for a national accounting firm as a financial statement auditor of various medium-sized, privately-held companies. In 2012, Kyle returned to the Auditor-Controller's Office and held the positions of Audit Supervisor and Division Chief prior to becoming Chief Deputy Controller. Kyle is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Public Finance Officer, and a Certified Government Finance Manager. Kyle also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Fielding Graduate University and serves on the boards of several local nonprofits.
Chief Technology Officer
Ward has been with the Auditor-Controller's office since 1998 and has served in various roles including as Accountant-Auditor and Financial Systems Analyst. He graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting and a minor in Chinese. He has been heavily involved with the development and maintenance of the County's financial systems, and provides IT leadership through his extensive knowledge of programming and software development.
Financial Reporting Division Chief
Joel Boyer, CPA
Joel graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with an emphasis in Accounting, including a minor in Exercise, Health & Science. Joel has been working for the County of Santa Barbara since 2004. He joined the Auditor-Controller's Office as an Accountant-Auditor, working in the Internal Audit Division. Joel enjoyed being a participant in the comprehensive New Auditor Training and Development Program, which gave him experience in Financial Reporting, Advanced Accounting, Financial Accounting & Customer Support and Property Tax, before rejoining the Financial Reporting division as the Division Chief. Joel's experience with Santa Barbara County includes time with the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office where he began as an Auditor-Appraiser and later became their Business Manager. Prior to joining the County of Santa Barbara, Joel worked as a staff auditor for Arthur Andersen in San Francisco.
Financial Accounting & Customer Support Division Chief
Juan Izquierdo, CPA
Juan, a graduate of UCSB, joined the Auditor-Controller's Office in 1999. He started in the Internal Audit Division as an Accountant-Auditor and has rotated thru the various Auditor-Controller Divisions including FACS (Supervisor), Specialty Accounting (Division Chief), and Financial Reporting (Financial Accounting Analyst). Prior to working for the County, he worked as a staff auditor for a Los Angeles based CPA firm and as the accounting manager for a local construction company.
Advanced Accounting Division Chief
Robert Geis, CPA
Robert grew up in Santa Barbara and graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with an emphasis in Accounting. After graduating, he began working for the Auditor-Controller's office as an Account-Auditor in the New Auditor Training and Development Program. In the program, Robert worked in the Financial Reporting, Internal Audit, Specialty Accounting, and FACS divisions of the Auditor Controller's office. After his time in the New Auditor Training and Development Program, Robert was the Financial Reporting Division Supervisor and then later the Financial Reporting Division Chief. Robert is currently the Advanced Accounting Division chief and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Property Tax Division Chief
Trevor Lysek, CPA
Trevor joined the Auditor-Controller's Office after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. Starting as an Accountant-Auditor trainee in the New Auditor Training and Development Program, he served several years as an Internal Auditor, and as a Financial Systems Analyst on the development of the County's New Financial System (FIN), eventually returning to Internal Audit as the Internal Audit Manager. Trevor lived and worked in New York City where he oversaw the accounting for New York City Schools restoration projects for a global construction manager. Trevor has also been a software developer/consultant. Prior to rejoining the Auditor-Controller's office, he served as lead consultant assisting the Auditor-Controller in the conversion to the new Property Tax System. Trevor is a Certified Public Accountant.
Payroll Division Chief
Heather joined the Auditor-Controller's office in 2017 as the Payroll Supervisor. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Phoenix and has been in the Payroll field for since 2011. Prior to coming to the County of Santa Barbara, she was a Senior Payroll Specialist at Paychex, overseeing multi-state and multi-national management firms. Heather is an active member of the American Payroll Association within the local Santa Barbara Chapter.
Internal Audit Chief
Salvador Rodriguez, CIA, CFE
Salvador (Sal) Rodriguez has over has fifteen years of professional audit experience and is responsible for leading the Internal Audit (IA) Division for the Office of Auditor-Controller. The IA Division performs audits, reviews, consulting projects, and investigations. Prior to joining the Office of Auditor-Controller, he has worked in a California State government agency, private industry, and a public accounting firm. Sal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master's in Business Administration degree from Cal Poly, Pomona. He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and holds other audit professional certifications. Sal has also held a distinguished leadership position for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Los Angeles chapter professional association.