Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann announced she is nominating Cerene St. John to represent the district on the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission.
If St. John’s appointment is approved by the Board of Supervisors, she will replace Marell Brooks, who announced she is stepping down from her role as commissioner last month.
Hartmann said St. John is a “superbly qualified candidate.”
She is a practicing attorney and a former city attorney for the city and county of San Francisco, Hartmann said, and she also served as the Solid Waste Program manager for the city of Sunnyvale.
Most recently, St. John has operated her own firms providing solid waste and recycling consulting and legal services to cities and counties throughout California, Hartmann said.
In that capacity, St. John drafted and negotiated franchise agreements, procurement documents and ordinances for jurisdictions, including Santa Clara County and the cities of Tustin, Napa, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Mirage, Mission Viejo and Sunnyvale.
“I have the utmost confidence that Cerene St. John’s experience working with local governments and stakeholders will help make her an exceptional commissioner,” Hartmann said.
Since 2000, St. John has lived in the Santa Ynez Valley, where she enjoys long walks and hiking with her German shepherd, Luna, and practicing permaculture and small-scale farming in her garden.