Each of the five governing board members is elected at large and serves a four-year term. Terms are staggered and elections are held in November of even-numbered years. Candidates must be United States Citizens, at least 18 years of age and reside within the boundaries of the Goleta Sanitary District. Election procedures and deadlines may be obtained from the Santa Barbara County Elections Division located at 4440-A Calle Real, Santa Barbara, California 93110 or download here from the Assessor's website.  

As part of the District’s commitment to Excellence in Board Governance, on April 18, 2018, all board members of the Goleta Sanitary District were awarded certificates for completion of the California Special Districts Association's three day Special District Leadership Academy. This is one of the requirements for the District to be recognized as a District of Distinction. This honor is bestowed on Districts, their Boards, and Executive Teams for committing to transparency, having sound operating practices, completing comprehensive governance training for the entire Board, and receiving certification of the General Manager in administration and governance best practices. The Goleta Sanitary District has already earned the Certificate for Excellence in Transparency and is working on the criteria this spring and summer to qualify for the District of Distinction platinum level, demonstrating a comprehensive approach to excellence in district administration and governance. With the Board’s success in completing this training, the District is one step closer to achieving this goal. 


George W. Emerson, President

Boardmember since 1994

Sharon Rose, President Pro Tem

Boardmember since 2012

Jerry D. Smith

Boardmember since 2008

Robert O. Wageneck 

Appointed July 2017,  he was elected to the Board November, 2018.

Steven T. Majoewsky

Served on the board between 1986 and 2012. He was re-elected November, 2014.


Governing Board Standing, Ad Hoc and Other Committees see CA Form 806 dated 02/19/2019

Governing Board Administrative Code dated 7/21/18


  • Steve Wagner, P.E. - General Manager/District Engineer
  • Rob Mangus - Finance and Human Resources Manager
  • Lena Cox - Laboratory and Technical Services Manager
  • Luis Astorga - Collection System Manager
  • Laura Romano - Management Analyst
  • John Crisman - Plant Operations Manager
  • Todd Frederick - Operations Supervisor
  • Chuck Smolnikar - Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
  • Teresa Kistner - Industrial Waste Control Officer
  • Guisel Razo - Administration Supervisor
  • Shamus O'Donnell - Collection System Supervisor

photo of Shamus O'DonnellEmployee of the Quarter

Shamus O’Donnell

Shamus has been employed with the District for over 6 years. Shamus has the ability to teach and pass along knowledge to those who work alongside him as the Collection System Supervisor. He does an exceptional job at managing his crew and is always willing to help out. His team player approach makes him an asset to his Department and the District as a whole. We congratulate Shamus for being the District’s Employee of the Quarter award recipient.

Mission Statement

We protect public health and the environment by responsible wastewater collection, treatment and resource recovery to meet present and future community needs.