James Armstrong

James Armstrong

Senior Consultant

Mr. James Armstrong is a Senior Consultant with Ralph Andersen & Associates. Mr. Armstrong brings more than 37 years of public sector experience to Ralph Andersen & Associates.

Mr. Armstrong served as City Administrator, City of Santa Barbara (2001 to 2014) and recently retired from public service in September 2014. During his tenure as City Administrator, he led the City through a number of significant events including the 2008-10 recession; the General Plan update; two major emergencies, the Tea Fire in 2008 and the Jesusita Fire in 2009; and the dissolution of the City’s Redevelopment Agency in 2012. He was instrumental in the creation of the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Task Force and the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs. The City also implemented a comprehensive performance measurement and tracking system under Mr. Armstrong’s direction.

Prior to his service in Santa Barbara, Mr. Armstrong served as City Manager in the California cities of Fullerton and Hanford. He also served as Assistant City Manager in Anaheim.

Mr. Armstrong has a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.