Human Resources

Classification and Staffing

The County of Santa Barbara’s 4,600 positions have been classified into 700 different job classifications and allocated to the County’s 23 different departments. The Job Class Salary Table lists each job classification and its salary range. Each job classification is described in the Job Descriptions section. The number of positions, by classification and within each department, is detailed in the Position Allocation section.

The majority of positions are covered by the County’s civil service system. Department heads, their assistants, and a small number of other positions are excluded from the civil service system and are considered “at-will.” The Civil Service Commission is composed of five commissioners who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Civil Service Rules set forth the general personnel operating guidelines for the County.