City of Ventura announces the appointment of new Public Works Director

City of Ventura announces the appointment of new Public Works Director
City of Ventura announces the appointment of new Public Works Director

Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins is pleased to announce the appointment of Tully Clifford to the position of Public Works Director.  Mr. Clifford will join the City of Ventura on October 17, 2016.

Mr. Clifford brings more than 35 years of professional engineering and management experience from both the public and private sectors.  Most recently, he served as the Director of the Watershed Protection District for the County of Ventura where he managed the water, sewer, streets, facilities, storm water, engineering, operating and capital budgets for their full service public works department.  Mr. Clifford served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass (Canada), as the Public Works Director for the City of Solvang, and as the Supervising Transportation Engineer for the City of Santa Barbara.

He is a licensed Civil Engineer with professional affiliations including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association.

Mr. Clifford received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Civil) from the Royal Military College of Canada, and his Master of Civil Engineering as well as Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, Alberta.

“I’m confident Tully is the right person to lead our Public Works Department and meet the growing demands of our aging infrastructure.  In addition to being a resident of Ventura and familiar with our challenges, he is a strong, experienced leader committed to improving service delivery and efficiency.  His diverse background will help shape our community, keep vital services running, and foster collaboration among departments and other agencies,” said City Manager Mark Watkins.

In his role as the Public Works Director, Mr. Clifford will oversee the City’s Capital Project Design and Land Development, Construction and Survey, Environmental Sustainability, Fleet and Facilities and Transportation Divisions.

Clifford was selected through an open, competitive recruitment process.


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