City of Ventura announces Carlene Saxton as the new Assistant City Manager

Ms. Saxton is also the President of Women Leading Government.

Carlene Saxton has been selected as the new Assistant City Manager after an extensive national recruitment process, with her start date set for April 15, 2024. Ms. Saxton brings diverse experience in private and public sectors, focusing on community planning and economic development.

Ms. Saxton joins the City of Ventura after serving as the City of Moorpark’s Community Development Director. She was previously the Economic and Community Development Director for the City of Palmdale.

“We are excited to bring a dynamic leader to our executive team with a demonstrated commitment to fostering positive relationships and understanding the pulse of communities,” shared City Manager Bill Ayub. “Ms. Saxton has a proven track record for streamlining government processes and bolstering economic vitality, which we believe will help contribute to the City’s sustainable growth and long-term needs. Additionally, her extensive experience in community development further strengthens our team’s ability to address housing and development.”

Ms. Saxton holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Valparaiso University and a master’s in development and planning from University College London. Spearheading groundbreaking initiatives, including comprehensive General Plan Updates, Zoning Code Revisions, and pivotal large-scale development projects, Ms. Saxton also instigated district establishment for tourism and enhanced infrastructure financing.

Ms. Saxton is also the President of Women Leading Government, helping women succeed in public service by enhancing career-building models that develop leadership skills and networking professional women in government.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve the City of Ventura as its Assistant City Manager,” said Saxton. “I am deeply passionate about public service and empowering connections with our community to collaborate and drive positive change for the future and our residents.”

The Assistant City Manager will support daily operations and manage highly complex administrative support for the City Manager’s Office and City Council members. Learn more about the City’s leadership team at

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