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Joseph E. Holland - County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor

Mr. Holland was first elected to the Office of the Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor on March 5, 2002 and has been reelected three times in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Mr. Holland began his career in public service when he took his first position in 1984 as a Real Property Appraiser in the Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office

With reorganization in 1993, he became the Audit Section Supervisor in the newly created office of County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor. Promoted to Business Division Manager in 1998, Mr. Holland guided a staff of professional Auditors and Appraisers responsible for the assessment of all business and commercial property in Santa Barbara County.

Mr. Holland successfully assumed the duties of County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor on January 6, 2003. He currently manages an $18 - $20M budget and 120 staff employees encompassing three functional Divisions: Assessor, Elections and Recorder.

Educational credentials include a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics and a Masters Degree in Economics—both from UC Santa Barbara. He graduated from the UCLA Executive Program at the Anderson School of Business in 2001.

Mr. Holland holds the designation of a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) from the nationally recognized Government Finance Officers Association. Other professional certifications include a Real Estate Broker license with the State of California and certification as an Advanced Appraiser with the California Board of Equalization.

Active in the community, Mr. Holland has served as a United Way of Santa Barbara County volunteer for over 25 years and currently serves as Chairperson for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

A resident of Santa Barbara County since 1978, he and his wife Kathy live in Goleta where they raised their three children Scott, Bridget and Michelle. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising and spending time with his family.

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