Rick Haydon

Special Advisor
Phone: 408-437-5400

Rick Haydon has more than 30 years of municipal government experience, with an emphasis on management and supervision, budgeting, financial analysis, and fund accounting. In late 2018 he was appointed interim city manager for the City of Solvang and served in that capacity until April 2019. Prior to that, in late 2017, he retired as city manager for the City of Santa Maria, having been in that capacity for six years. As manager of Santa Maria, he oversaw a full-service city of more than 100,000 residents, a workforce of over 700 employees and an annual operating budget of $163 million. Prior to city manager, he was the assistant city manager where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City and coordinated the budget process. During his tenure with Santa Maria, Rick was responsible for the City winning 21 consecutive California Municipal Finance Officer’s (CSMFO) Excellence in Budgeting Awards and 10 consecutive biennial Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards. Prior to Santa Maria, Rick was the budget and employee relations manager for the City of Dinuba where he was responsible for coordinating, preparing, and compiling the City’s annual budget document.