The City of Santa Maria has 57 newly authorized paid positions it is looking to fill. Fifty-three of them are full-time openings.

About half of those jobs are in the Santa Maria Police and Fire Departments.

These employment opportunities have become a reality due to the city sale’s tax increase known as Measure U.

Measure U has generated about $13 million for the city that will fund future job openings and help maintain current ones as well.

“The justification for these positions in public safety is that our community is growing and we have also not been fulfilling our intent to provide service in the areas of patrol and investigations and also in inspections,”

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