Community development director Jeff Lambert leaves Ventura for Oxnard

Lambert will start in Oxnard on February 4th.

by Richard Lieberman

Jeff Lambert , Community Development Manager for the past ten years is leaving Ventura to take a similar post with the City of Oxnard. As Community Development Director Lambert has managed current and future advanced planning for the city. His responsibilities for the City of Ventura included running Building and Safety, Code Enforcement, planning and economic development.

Ventura’s acting assistant city manager announced recently that Lambert was “on leave” from his city post. Later in press releases from both Ventura and Oxnard, it was announced that Lambert will be taking a new position with the City of Oxnard.

As community development director for Ventura Lambert has been instrumental in partnering with Community Memorial Hospital for its new in-patient facility and parking structure, homeless shelter policy, downtown development, and recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire.

In Oxnard Lambert will take over the duties of Ashley Golden, who was promoted to assistant city manager last month. “Lambert is action oriented and is committed to building a strong development team, continuing community engagement, and improving stakeholder partnerships to get things done,” said Oxnard city manager Alex Nguyen. He also added “Jeff’s experience and leadership will help Oxnard become a more business-friendly city. He will jumpstart our planning, building, and permitting processes to make projects easier for builders and homeowners.”

Lambert will take over for Ashley Golden February 4.

“I am so thrilled to join the city of Oxnard team and community stakeholders to continue the City’s forward movement,” Lambert said. “The city’s development and economic objectives can absolutely be achieved,” added Lambert.

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