List of mayors of Santa Barbara, California
This is a list of mayors of Santa Barbara, California since the city's incorporation in April 1850.
|1||Lewis T. Burton||8/26/1850-11/21/1850||Burton was born in 1809 in Tennessee and moved to California in 1831. He was a storekeeper and owned the Rancho Jesús María and a portion of the Rancho Bolsa de Chamisal. He was elected to the Common Council and was selected as its first president and acting mayor. The minutes of the Common Council first meeting recorded Burton's election: "In the City of Santa Barbara, on the 26 of August, 1850, the persons elected to the Common Council assembled and proceeded to elect a president. Lewis T. Burton having received a majority of the votes was declared elected. Luis Carrillo was then elected Clerk. The Council then adjourned." Burton died in 1879 and was buried in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.|
|2||Francisco de la Guerra||1850-51, 1852–54, 1866–70||Born in Santa Barbara in 1817, the son of José de la Guerra y Noriega. Elected as mayor three times, on 11/15/1850, on 2/28/1852 for a two-year term, and on 3/7/1866 for a four-year term; first person to officially hold the title of "mayor". Died in 1878 and was buried in the Mission Santa Barbara Cemetery.|
|3||Joaquin Carrillo||1851-1852||Grandson of José Raimundo Carrillo, he was born in 1813. Elected as mayor on 5/6/51. He was also Santa Barbara's first county judge, then judge of the Second Judicial District, and a member of the committee that named Santa Barbara's streets.|
|4||Isaac J. Sparks||1853||Born 1804 in Maine. Moved to Santa Barbara where he became an otter trapper and acquired Rancho Huasna and Rancho Pismo. Elected as mayor on 5/5/1853. Died 1867.|
|5||Jose M. Covarrubias||1853-1854||Born c. 1809. Elected as mayor on 11/6/1853. He was also a delegate to California Constitutional Convention in 1849 and represented Santa Barbara in the California State Assembly from 1849–1862. Died 1870. His home the Covarrubia Adobe (715 N Santa Barbara St.) is a California Historic Landmark.|
|6||Joaquin de la Guerra||1854-1855||Elected as mayor on 5/8/1854|
|7||Pablo de la Guerra||1855||Elected as mayor on 5/8/1855; died in office on 6/18/1855|
|8||Jose Carrillo||1855||Elected on 7/24/1855 to replace the deceased mayor Pablo de la Guerra|
|9||H. B. Blake||1856||Elected as mayor on 3/24/1856|
|10||Antonio Maria de la Guerra||1856-1858, 1859-1864||Elected as mayor on 5/6/1856 for two-year term; elected again in 1859 and 1860 for one-year terms and again in 1862 for a two-year term|
|11||Guillermo Carrillo||1858-1859||Elected as mayor on 5/15/1858|
|12||Mortimer Cook||1874-1875, 1876-1878||Born 1826 in Mansfield, Ohio. Elected as mayor on 3/2/1874 for a one-year term and in 1876 for a two-year term. Later settled along the Skagit River in Washington. Died in 1899.|
|13||Jarrett T. Richards||1875-1876||Elected as mayor on 4/8/1875|
|14||R. L. Chamberlain||1878-1880||Elected as mayor on 4/4/78|
|15||P. J. Barber||1880-1882, 1890-1892||Elected as mayor on 4/15/1880|
|16||Charles Fernald||1882-1884||Elected as mayor on 4/6/1882|
|17||G. W. Coffin||1884-1888||Elected as mayor on 4/7/1884|
|18||John P. Stearns||1888-1890||Born 1828. Builder of Stearns Wharf; elected as mayor on 4/2/1888. Died 1902.|
|19||Edward W. Gaty||1892-1894||Elected as mayor on 4/4/1892|
|20||John M. Holloway||1894-1896||Elected as mayor on 4/2/1894|
|21||Frank M. Whitney||1896-1898||Elected as mayor on 4/6/1896|
|22||Charles A. Storke||1898-1901||Elected as mayor on 4/4/1898|
|23||George S. Edwards||1901-1905||Elected as mayor on 12/3/1901; reelected in 1903.|
|24||Thomas D. Wood||Jan. 1906||Served as mayor for 16 days; resigned because he did not want to attend city council meetings at night|
|25||Elmer J. Boeske||1907-1909, 1911-1914||Elected as mayor on 12/31/1907. Dentist and organizer of the Santa Barbara Motion Picture Company.|
|26||Clio Lloyd||1909-1911||Elected as mayor on 12/7/1909|
|27||Frank Smith||1915-1917||Elected as mayor on 12/7/1915|
|28||Willis M. Slosson||1917-1918||Elected as mayor on 5/3/1917|
|29||Harvey T. Nielsen||1918-1921|
|30||J. E. Sloan||1921-|
|31||Charles M. Andera||1925-1926|
|32||H. A. Adrian||1926-1927|
|33||T. R. Finley||1927-1931|
|35||Edmond O. Hanson||1935-1936||Resigned in December 1936 despite prevailing in an election for his recall|
|36||Patrick Joseph Maher||1936-1945||Born in Ireland. Died in 1985 at age 101.|
|37||Herbert E. Weyler||1945-1947|
|38||Norris Montgomery||1947-1953||Died in 1966.|
|39||John T. Rickard||1953-1957|
|40||Floyd O. Bohnett||1957-1959||Died in 2017 at age 93.|
|41||Edward L. Abbott||1959-1963|
|42||W. Don MacGillivray||1963-1968||Resigned in 1968 after being elected to the California Assembly|
|45||Sheila Lodge||1981-1993||She was the first woman to serve as mayor of Santa Barbara and also held the position for longer (12 years) than any other person in the city's history.|
|46||Hal Conklin||1993-1994||Served on City Council 1977-1993. He was sworn in as mayor in 1993 but was forced to step down after a year when a court ruled that he was prohibited from serving by a law limiting city council members to four consecutive terms.|
|47||Harriet Miller||1995-2001||Born in 1919 in Idaho. Died 2010.|
|48||Marty Blum||2001-2009||A former teacher|
|49||Helene Schneider||2010-2018||Born in 1970 in New York City. Served 14 years on City Council and 8 years as mayor.|
|50||Cathy Murillo||2018–present||The first Latina to serve as mayor.|
- Hal Conklin (2006). City Leadership in Santa Barbara: A History of the Santa Barbara City Council from 1826 to the present (6th edition). pp. 1, 3, 9 – via Available through Santa Barbara City Clerk's Office.
- "Lewis Thomas Burton". Find a Grave. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
- Hal Conklin (2006). City Leadership in Santa Barbara: A History of the Santa Barbara City Council from 1826 to the present (6th edition). pp. 9–16 – via Available through Santa Barbara City Clerk's Office.
- "Francisco "Cuchichito" de la Guerra". Find a Grave. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
- "The Carrillo Family". Santa Barbara Independent. October 26, 2010.
- "Santa Barbara Mayor Resigns". Los Angeles Times. January 19, 1906 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Hal Conklin Enters Mayor's Race: Announcement Comes After 22-Year Hiatus from Politics". Santa Barbara Independent. March 30, 2017.
- "Winter for the Matriarch: Former Mayor Harriet Miller Dies". Santa Barbara Independent. January 7, 2010.
- "Former Santa Barbara Mayor Harriet Miller Dies". Noozhawk. January 6, 2010.
- "Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum Ready for Change of Scenery". Noozhawk. December 9, 2009.
- "Helene Schneider Leaves a Solid Legacy After 14 Years on Santa Barbara City Council". Noozhawk. January 22, 2018.
- "Murillo Sworn In as Santa Barbara Mayor". Santa Barbara Independent. January 10, 2018.