Ms. Knecht joined the Santa Barbara City Attorney’s Office in 2004. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1996 and worked as a public law attorney in private practice prior to joining the City. She has been practicing public law since 1988, except for the time she spent in East Africa pursuing her love of travel.
Her commitment to public service runs in the family. Ms. Knecht was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where her father served on the city council and as mayor.
The City Attorney’s Office is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to the City Council, Boards and Commissions, and all City officers and employees, as well as handling the City’s civil and criminal litigation.