By Raiza Giorgi


The City of Buellton is set to approve the new City Manager at their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening. The finalist chosen to replace Marc Bierdzinksi, who retires as of June 28 (see our story on him in the June B issue out June 18), will be Scott Wolfe, currently the Planning Director/Deputy City Manager of Westlake Village. 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for a well-run city with such tremendous potential to enhance the quality of life for its residents and to foster economic development for its businesses,” Wolfe said in a press release. 

Settling in Ventura County after growing up as a “military brat,” Wolfe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in public administration from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

Wolfe is also a member of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the International City/County Management Association, and has served on various policy committees of the League of California Cities.

Wolfe has more than 30 years’ experience working for and with local governments in California. He comes to Buellton from the City of Westlake Village, which he has served for 19 years, and where he is currently the Planning Director/Deputy City Manager.

“I look forward to working with the City Council and City staff to provide professional, ethical, and transparent government to the residents of Buellton,” Wolfe said. 

He has also worked for the cities of Palmdale, Thousand Oaks, and Moorpark, and has worked with many other governmental agencies through his work in both the public and private sectors. His background is rooted in planning and community development, but his experience as a small-city generalist covers a range of municipal functions, including housing, code enforcement, environmental planning and regulation, public works, traffic and circulation, technology and telecommunications, solid waste/recycling management, community services, and intergovernmental relations.

He is married to Jennette, his wife of 17 years. Together they have raised three grown children, and are currently raising two boys (14 years old and 12 years old), and two girls (2 years old and 10 months old).

“I am equally excited to bring my family to such a beautiful small town where we can become as much a part of the community as we have become over more than thirty years in our current community,” Wolfe added. 

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Council Chambers located at 140 West Highway 246.