Wayne Padilla has been named the director of finance and information technology for San Luis Obispo.
Padilla took that post on an interim basis in January after Charles Bourbeau resigned in November 2012. City Manager Katie Lichtig announced Padilla’s permanent appointment to the job July 3.
Padilla, who will make $147,186 annually, will be responsible for the city’s $111.3 million operating budget. In addition, he will manage 22 employees and an operating budget of $5.5 million for his department.
He previously was the assistant city administrator/finance director for the city of Chowchilla. Prior to that, he worked for the cities of Modesto and Madera. He has a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State and is a certified public accountant.
“Wayne has proven himself to be a competent, committed and dedicated leader as he learned and guided the team during the preparation of the 2013-15 financial plan,” Lichtig said in a news release.
The finance department has been under interim leadership for much of the time since longtime former director Bill Statler retired in 2010. Bourbeau worked for a year before departing for health reasons. Prior to that, Mary Bradley was the interim director for 14 months.
The finance and information technology department oversees the utility billing, revenue billing and collection, and the city’s budget and technology operations.