City of Ventura welcomes new Chief Building Official 

The City of Ventura is pleased to welcome Shawn Huff as the Chief Building Official in the Community Development Department. Huff joins the Ventura team from the City of Chico where he was the Deputy Director of the Community Development Department. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Building Official for the City of Visalia.  

With over 20 years of serving both state and local governments, Huff has a wide range of technical and regulatory experience. He served as an administrator in the State Housing Law Program and helped develop the state’s building standards with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Before starting his public service, Huff worked in the private sector in the trades.   

It’s exciting to bring Shawn onboard with his broad background in both the private and public sectors,” shared Community Development Director Peter Gilli. “His technical and regulatory knowledge brings a diversified skill set in serving our residents and businesses.”  

Huff holds a master’s in public administration from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico, and an Associate of Science degree in Building Inspection Technology from Butte Community College.   

I am looking forward to the opportunity to live, work in and serve the fine community of Ventura,” said Huff. “I look forward to fostering relationships with our citizens and providing safe and efficient building standards that protect our residents.”   

The City’s Chief Building Official is responsible for managing all building regulation services and programs. To learn more about the Community Development Department, visit 

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