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Tom Nelson, Director

Term:  August 2022 - December 2022
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Tom grew up in Goleta. After serving four years in the USAF, Tom joined the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office where he served for 35 years. He managed the Coroner Bureau and the Toxicology Laboratory with an annual $2.4 million budget for almost 5 years and retired as a Sergeant in 2005. Tom is currently working with a private investigation firm and is seeking his own private investigator license.

 Tom has been on many boards of directors over the past several years, including  two HOA’s, one was Shoreline Condominiums in Santa Barbara, where he was president during a multiyear $10 million complex renovation, the San Lorenzo Foundation Board, and as Commodore of the Pierpont Bay Yacht Club in 2008.  He remains a Staff Commodore at PBYC.

 Tom desires to work for the Los Olivos community residents to insure they get the most effective, affordable and compatible wastewater system, while at the same time not setting the stage for uncontrolled development and growth. 

Tom and his wife, Lynne, have lived in the Santa Ynez Valley since 1986, and raised their family here. Three of their children attended Los Olivos Elementary School for Middle School after Ballard Elementary School. They moved to Los Olivos in 2015 after Lynne inherited her parents’ home on San Marcos Avenue.


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